Stochastic effects

Stochastic effects occur by chance and can be compared to deterministic effects which result in a direct effect.

Cancer induction as a result of exposure to radiation occurs in a stochastic manner: there is no threshold point and risk increases in a linear-quadratic fashion with dose. This is known as the linear-quadratic no threshold theory. Although the risk increases with dose, the severity of the effects do not; the patient will either develop cancer or they will not.

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