The number of children found with confirmed or suspected thyroid cancers continues to grow. The newest numbers out of the Fukushima Health Survey indicate 75 children with confirmed or suspected thyroid cancers. 33 of those are confirmed with 8 new confirmations.
Earlier the health survey had insisted these cancers and abnormalities were within normal ranges and were being found due to increased monitoring. This excuse was no longer used in the most recent press statements by the Health Survey. Now the excuse is that thyroid cancers were only found 5 years or so after Chernobyl. What is missing in this statement is that actual monitoring for thyroid problems in Chernobyl children did not begin until years after the disaster. There is no early information to compare to what is being found in Fukushima.
The health survey added that they will do further analysis at the university to see if there are different gene mutations in the tumors. They also mentioned hoping to be able to determine if the tumors were “radiation induced”. Currently there is no method to determine how a cancer was created (ie: smoking, radiation etc).
The levels of thyroid cancers among children in Fukushima is vastly different than the health data collected by Japan in the years before Fukushima.
In 2008 the number of thyroid cancers per 100,000 children were extremely low. Those under 18 had levels of zero to 1.4 incidence per 100,000 people. So far the health survey has screened 254,000 children. The current rate of confirmed cancers from the health survey is 12.99 per 100,000 or 29.52 per 100,000 if you use the suspected number of cancers set at 75.
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