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  • X-rays

    One form of radiation that can be used at low levels to produce an image of the body on film or at high levels to destroy cancer cells.

  • Xeroderma pigmentosum

    (ZEER-oh-DER-ma pig-men-TOH-sum)

    A genetic condition marked by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation, including sunlight. People with xeroderma pigmentosum are not able to repair skin damage from the sun and other sources of ultraviolet radiation, and have a very high risk of skin cancer.