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RERF's Research

Matters to be elucidated in the next 10-20 years

1. Are survivors exposed to atomic-bomb radiation when young more sensitive to the effects of radiation than those exposed when older?
2. Are the cancers expected to increase different between survivors exposed when young and those exposed when older?
3. Are the cancers that have not increased among the A-bomb survivors to date also unlikely to increase in the future?
4. Are survivors exposed to atomic-bomb radiation when young more likely to contract non-cancer diseases, including cataract, heart disease, and stroke, than those exposed when older?
5. In addition to radiation, what effects do such factors as smoking and diet have on cancer development?
6. How do cancer and other diseases develop following radiation exposure?
7. Are immunological disorders and inflammation associated with development of diseases induced by radiation?
8. What genetic factors are involved in individual variation in susceptibility to disease and health effects of radiation?

9. Are gene mutations increased among the children of survivors exposed to high doses of radiation?

10. Have lifestyle-oriented diseases increased among A-bomb survivors' children (now becoming middle-aged and elderly)?
Matters elucidated thus far
Matters to be elucidated in the next 10-20 years
Matters likely to take more than 20 years