"Our conclusions? First, it is more likely than not that low doses of ionizing radiation increase the risk of leukemia. Second, hematologists and oncologists need to ensure the benefit of any radiologic procedure they order—no matter how small the dose—outweighs the associated increased risk of developing leukemia (and other cancers). ■"
A few years prior to my CML diagnosis, I had a series of hip/abdomen (i.e. where large blood forming bones are located) CT scans to localize discomfort I was feeling at the time which was later resolved.
I have little doubt my exposure to those scans created a sudden large population of Leukemic stem cells (LSC, 9;22 chromosome translocation) for which my immune system was ill-prepared to destroy (low vitamin D on top of that). This sudden LSC population explosion enabled CML to evade normal control and to then progress.
I will never have a CT scan again. Ever.
(cancer cells are created spontaneously all of the time. What creates disease is when enough of them get created more or less at the same time that they form a colony of cells that can produce enough signal proteins to turn off the immune system from attacking them. "One" cancer cell alone can not produce enough signal protein to shut down killer T-cells. But a whole lot of them created at once by mutation do in fact tell our immune system, ignore these cancer cells - and disease results. It's all about population of these bad cells.)