Radiation exposure that causes immediate radiation sickness significantly increases a person's risk of developing leukemia or cancer later in life.

Having radiation sickness could also contribute to both short-term and long-term mental health problems, such as grief, fear and anxiety about:

  • Experiencing a radioactive accident or attack
  • Mourning friends or family who haven't survived
  • Dealing with the uncertainty of a mysterious and potentially fatal illness
  • Worrying about the eventual risk of cancer due to radiation exposure
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