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5. Gain the power of... Leukemia!
Okay, yes, we're talking about cancer again. Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, and we're singling it out because exposure to radiation is known to cause cancer - especially leukemia.
Radiation acts as a mutagen, because it damages DNA. The more you're exposed to radiation, the greater the chances you'll get cancer - but the degree of exposure doesn't determine how severe the cancer will be.
When organic tissue is bombarded with enough radiation energy, molecular bonds break. This chemical damage may eventually impact DNA, and as previously mentioned, our body is only able to repair so much damage. Light damage will leave cells alive but only partly functional, and if the right kind of damage is done, these damaged cells will spread uncontrollably, as previously described.