“Fukushima Children” Show 50x Normal Rate of Thyroid Cancer
Is radiation from nuclear meltdown literally sucking the life out of those growing up nearest do the accident site in Japan?
An alarming new study suggests that Fukushima may be producing cancer clusters in Japanese children, with rates soaring to more than 50 times typical levels of thyroid cancer in the general population.
A new analysis of data from Fukushima suggests children exposed to the March 2011 nuclear accident may be developing thyroid cancer at an elevated rate.
In the past year or so, the Fukushima Health Survey of more than 150,000 children has turned up 25 “suspicious or malignant cases” of thyroid cancer.Thyroid screenings in previous years have also found numerous cases.
The work, led by Toshihide Tsuda of Okayama University, is based on a large public health survey that was set up in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture following the accident. As part of the survey, children who were living near the plant at the time of the accident have been offered regular thyroid screenings.
Thyroid cancer can be caused by radioactive iodine released in a nuclear accident. Children are particularly susceptible because their thyroids are growing rapidly. Thyroid cancer was listed as a possible health risk in a World Health Organization report on Fukushima, though the report stated it would be difficult to link cancer cases to the accident.
Considering the importance of these findings on human health, and in particular the health of the children living closest to the disaster zone, you would think every agency would surface, ready to conduct further studies and come up with ways to mitigate and minimize the issues.
But instead, reality is being denied. By ignoring the problem, and pretending it doesn’t exist, liability for wrecking the lives of others can be avoided, long enough eventually for the problem simply to go away.
This has been the TEPCO formula since the beginning of the accident.