TOKYO (AP) — A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government’s position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.
Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture (state) have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The most recent statistics, released in August, show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children, a number that rose by 25 from a year earlier. Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year by some estimates.
“This is more than expected and emerging faster than expected,” lead author Toshihide Tsuda told The Associated Press during a visit to Tokyo. “This is 20 times to 50 times what would be normally expected.”
Don’t worry, the .Gov has your back
They certainly wouldn’t lie to you
Sure, that is why I have a Geiger counter, dosimeters and ABC gas masks
I live near the most dangerous nuke plant in the US
In 1998 it coughed up a bunch of radiation
And of course no one found out about until 2004
Then a few years back they discovered a crack in the containment dome
Call me paranoid, but this reactor is right on the gulf and will only with withstand a Cat 2 hurricane
Thankfully it is being decomissioned