November 20, 2012

40% of Fukushima kids have thyroid problems



Helen Caldicott, Energy News: [The health survey of children in Fukushima Prefecture] found 40% have thyroid abnormalities, which is incredibly rare in pediatrics.

Some of these children almost certainly are bound to develop cancer of the thyroid. And indeed one 12 year old boy has already been diagnosed with it. And a girl aged about 16 may have already developed cancer. They are testing her now.

It took 5 years for the children around Chernobyl to develop cancer. These children are showing symptoms and signs that they may well develop cancer in the future, indicating that they got a really high dose of radiation, higher than at Chernobyl....

I predict we’ll see an epidemic of leukemia and cancer and congenital malformations in this exposed population over the next 70 years or longer. ....

3 comments:

Capt. America said...

and also in BC, Washington, Oregon...

Anonymous said...

I live on the west coast, and one of the first things I did after the tsunami and nuclear disaster was to get Potassium Iodide and have my family, especially my child take it. We still use it because Fukushima is still leaking.

It's criminal how little attention monitoring radiation levels on the west coast has received in the wake of this disaster. It's only because we know someone in a field that has kept better tabs on radiation levels in the region that I knew we should take precautions.

Anonymous said...

Comparatively few nuclear-related deaths since Nagasaki have been of nameable people. Nearly all are inferred by statistical projection.

Compare that to the deaths from fossil-fuel extraction and use: more than TWO MILLION nameable people EVERY YEAR, plus some number whose deaths could be inferred statistically.

But we hardly ever hear about them. The fossil-fuel industries have much better lobbyists, I guess.