# What are the stochastic effects of radiation?

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Jun 23, 2016

Effects of which the chance increases with radiation dose.

#### Explanation:

Effects of radiation are divided in *deterministic* and *stochastic* effects. The **deterministic effects** are those that occur only above a certain threshold of radiation dose. The severity of these effects increases with dose.

The **stochastic effects** are the effects that occur by chance and can occur at any dose. Not the severity, but the chance increases with radiation dose. These effects can be divided into two main categories:

*Somatic*stochastic effects: induction of cancer*Genetic*stochastic effects: mutations in genes or chromosomes that can be passed on to the offspring.