In Australia, skin cancer accounts for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers each year and UV radiation from the sun is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. With high UV radiation year-round in many parts of Australia, people who regularly work outside face a higher risk of developing cancer from sun exposure.
Dr Gillian Hirth, deputy CEO and Head of ARPANSA's Radiation Health Services Branch, has been elected as Chair of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) for the 66th and 67th sessions
On Friday 21 June 2019, ARPANSA was notified of a radiation contamination event at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Nuclear Medicine (ANM) production facility in Lucas Heights, New South Wales.
Recently, ARPANSA co-authored a new study which found that modern airline pilots registered in Australia, appear not to be at higher risk of developing invasive melanoma than the rest of the population.
At ARPANSA, we set the safety standard sets limits for exposure to radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic energy (EME) that is emitted by mobile phones and other wireless technologies. These limits are set well below levels at which harm to people may occur. The operating frequencies of the 5G network are included within the limits set by the ARPANSA safety standard.
We’re excited to announce that we have installed a new linear accelerator (linac) at ARPANSA, to continue ensuring any Australians undergoing medical procedures receive the correct amount of radiation.
ARPANSA scientists have reviewed the recent National Toxicology Program (NTP) animal studies which looked at whether exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation causes any health effects, including cancer, in rats and mice.