Just 0.8% of children in 2001 Japanese control group had thyroid cysts or nodules — 36% in Fukushima study

Published: July 15th, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET


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Title: Fukushima Children’s Thyroid Examination: How Shunichi Yamashita would like doctors to deal with the results.
Source: Fukushima Voice
Date: May 4, 2012

Although Shinichi Suzuki, M.D., insisted that these ultrasound findings are “mostly normal” and commonly found in children, the study co-authored by Shunichi Yamashita, M.D., in 2001 revealed that normal children in Nagasaki had 0% nodules and 0.8% cysts on ultrasound.

[Source: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B68f83tqq7QuNTVkOVdrNzlRWUk]

2001 Study:

We evaluated the incidence of childhood thyroid diseases and urinary iodine levels in Nagasaki, Japan and in Gomel, Belarus, which was greatly radio-contaminated by the Chernobyl accident


thyroid screening by ultrasound (US) in Nagasaki revealed only four cases that showed goiter (1.6%) and two cases (0.8%) that had cystic degeneration and single thyroid cyst. There was no evidence of thyroid nodule detected


The incidences of goiter (13.6%) and echogenic abnormality (1.74%) in Gomel [near Chernobyl] were much higher than in Nagasaki […]

Published: July 15th, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET


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26 comments to Just 0.8% of children in 2001 Japanese control group had thyroid cysts or nodules — 36% in Fukushima study

  • Jebus Jebus

    A web so large and tangled, that even the spider gets caught in it.

    Thanks Admin, for giving the light, so that others may see…

    I wonder how Dr.Suzuki and Dr.Yamashita will respond to this?

  • arclight arclight

    its intersting that the levels of iodine 131 found in this report are higher in japan than in gomel.. but the damage to the thyroid is worse in gomel… but japan had alot of reactors going at the time..and gomel had chernobyl..

    the damage will follow the pattern of belarus, i fear..

    • arclight arclight

      oops not iodine 131..

      but found this interesting to note from the report

      "Medical examinations of about 210,000
      children performed within the framework of the
      International Programme on the Health Effects of
      the Chernobyl Accident (IPEHCA) and Chernobyl
      Sasakawa Health and Medical Cooperative Project
      have shown a significant increase in the incidence of
      childhood thyroid diseases [1,2].

      In particular, in
      the Gomel region of Belarus, incidence of thyroid
      cancer is 100 times higher than before the accident.."

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      Hi, I think the data seems to show Fuku is worse in terms of nodules, but G has had more time for actual cancer to develop. So unutterably sad, all of it.


      Just to clarify, the 2001 study was comparing iodine-poor area(Belarus) to iodine-rich area(Japan) on the premise that children in iodine-poor area would take up more radioactive iodine as they were iodine-deficient. In that regard, the urinary iodine level was lower in Gomel than in Japan.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The biggest difference as noted in the article is how fast this is showing up. In only 1 year, those children have received at least a lifetime dose and their risk of complications, later in life, is over the top…

    The hope for the future in those childrens lives has been snuffed out by mans greed.

    nuclear power = life is cheap

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    A team of researchers led by Toshikazu Suzuki, a section head at the NIRS Research Center for Radiation Emergency Medicine, conducted an independent study of the same measurement data. The team estimated the lifetime thyroid doses of the 1,080 children at 12 millisieverts on average and 42 millisieverts at the maximum. The dose estimates were 30 millisieverts or more for four of the subjects. The children tested were from at least 10 municipalities, and the dose estimates tended to be higher for those from Iitate and Iwaki.”

    The NIRS study also found many of the children with “zero” according to the government actually had a lifetime equivalent dose. “Despite the government announcing more than half of the children had zero exposure, the independent study found that on average they did receive thyroid gland doses of internal radiation. Several children were judged to have received an equivalent lifetime dose to the thyroid.”

    ~more links via article~


  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    This university does the government studies.

    "Fukushima Medical University, as you recall, has Dr. Shunichi Yamashita as the vice president. He and his associates are responsible for telling the residents in Iitate-mura and other high radiation cities and towns in Fukushima that it was safe to be outside, to eat vegetables, to drink water, when the radioactive fallout was falling heavily in Fukushima in March and April."

  • many moons

    I wonder how many of the 36% would have been saved from the horror that lay before them if they were given Potassium pills?

    Those who are responsible will hopfully burn in the inferno they have created for these children….It's unconceivable that these leaders, knowing the risks that their populations faced did nothing. Not even hand out pills that at least may have got some of these children through this initial ordeal in the presence of iodine 131.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      Just want to clarify, I know you meant potassium iodide pills, potassium itself wouldn't protect ( I only bring it up in case a casual reader sees this and doesnt realize…)

  • or-well

    Has Yamashita nodules on his brain
    that make him immune to childrens' pain,
    they make his words lies, filthy and septic –
    no one should listen that isn't a sceptic,
    much that he says is the height of venality
    ignoring medical ethics, morality,
    he would bring sickness and infant mortality.
    He's a pathological one-man calamity,
    who should be bronzed and stand for eternity
    and named Japans' Statue of Medical Infamy.

  • many moons

    Yamashita's mother was a Hiroshima survivor…we could speculate that perhaps the exposure damaged her DNA and the heartless Yamashita was the result…a true radiological modification who's desire it is that other should pass through the same situation…he belongs in an asylum.

  • pierre

    the Japanese should make a concerted effort to use MRI's where appropriate instead of CTs for these kids, given they have already had their lifetime dose of radiation. (not that I don't think magnetic bombardment is harmless, and they cost more $).
    a chest CT for instance is 7-14mSv or thereabouts.

    gotta love the way that Fukushima is so often reported as a past event, rather than ongoing and a sword of Damacles hanging over the world.

    • jec jec

      24,468 children DONT have nodules or cysts..YET. Check them again..NOW. The testing was done in Summer 2011. IN SIX MONTHS-those 36% of the children suffered this kind of damage. Unspeakable horror. Who has the medical ability to treat a million(S) sick children all at once? Adults as well? Or is the idea to make sure they are terminally ill? Genocide?


        Testing began in October 2011 for the initial group of 3,765 children from the most contaminated areas. about 35,000 more were tested then up to the end of March. There are over 310,000 more children awaiting preliminary examination.

    • jec jec

      Doesnt sound like the Japanese doctors are following any protcols. They do ultrasounds, but none of the follow tests, biopsy. They are "observing". So a MRI would be GREAT! And even a CT if it would save a child from Stage 4 Thyroid Cancer! Let me tell you throat cancer is TERRIBLE-the death..slow and very very painful. Treatment needs to start BEFORE the cancer spreads outside the gland. But I dont see any efforts to do anything but "chart data." TEPCO is criminally liable, and anyone who has assisted them as well…..Government(s), UN –whoever said "go ahead" we will ignore…


        It's always difficult to know the inside scoop of another country. What is clear is that a lot of people's hands are tied up for some reason.

        Please refer to this post for the translation of Shunichi Yamashita's letter to the Japan Thyroid Association members on January 16, 2012. He has asked/ordered physicians to adhere to his protocol. It is unclear why physicians need to follow his orders, but many do. Some hospitals simply refuse to see anybody for radiation-related symptoms.


  • coouurt

    36% after only ONE year … this number is only going to climb.

  • pierre

    from a year ago.


    "Neuherberg– Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München have discovered a genetic change in thyroid cancer that points to a previous exposure of the thyroid to ionising radiation. The gene marker, a so-called „radiation fingerprint“ was identified in papilliary thyroid cancer cases from Chernobyl victims, but was absent from the thyroid cancers in patients with no history of radiation exposure. The results are published in the current issue of PNAS. "

    "This breakthrough is the first time since the reactor accident in 1986 that scientists have been able to discriminate between the cancers caused by the radioactive contamination and those that arise naturally"

    imagine the potential legal cases. imagine a world without nuker barons.

  • arclight arclight

    Japanese medical authorities quiet about high thyroid nodules in Fukushima’s children
    the rate of thyroid nodules in children 5 to 10 years after the Chernobyl accident was 1.74%. The results in Fukushima are merely one year after the accident. This is a much faster progression

    "….Also, this examination will be carried out every two years until age
    20 and every five years from then on, leading to a long-term thyroid
    examination project. Coordination with base hospitals all over the
    nation will be essential, and the examination will be widely
    publicized to the residents from now on.

    Your continued understanding and cooperation towards this examination
    will be appreciated.

    January 16, 2012

    Shunichi Yamashita, M.D.
    Fukushima Medical University Radiological Resident Health Management
    Center Chief

    Shinichi Suzuki、M.D,
    Fukushima Medical University Radiological Resident Health Management Center
    Clinical Department Vice Chair (in charge of thyroid examination).."


    thanks to nuclear-news.net for the link