Cases of thyroid cancer among children living close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant have increased fiftyfold since 2011!
“Cases of thyroid cancer among children living close to the Fukushima nuclear power plant have increased fiftyfold since 2011, four Japanese researchers said Tuesday in a report.Since the meltdown in March 2011, annual thyroid cancer rates in Fukushima Prefecture have been 20 to 50 times the national level, said a team led by professor of environmental epidemiology at Okayama University Toshihide Tsuda.
The findings were based on screenings of around 370,000 Fukushima residents aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident. The study said the increase “is unlikely to be explained by a screening surge.” The researchers point to radiation exposure as a possible factor in the increase in thyroid cancer cases.
The Fukushima Prefecture Government identified 104 thyroid cancer cases as of late August.
An area extending about 20 kilometers from the nuclear plant has been declared an exclusion zone.
The government and some experts question the…
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