Title: Experts: More data needed to assess radiation’s role in cancer among Fukushima kids
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Author: Yuri Oiwa and Teruhiko Nose
Date: June 6, 2013
Health experts are at odds on whether radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident led to an unexpectedly high occurrence rate of thyroid gland cancer among children in Fukushima Prefecture. [...]
Twelve of the 174,000 children who have undergone the comprehensive checkups have been found with thyroid gland cancer, with an additional 16 suspected of having the disease.
A majority of radiologists, as well as the prefectural government, have dismissed speculation that radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had any role in the numbers. But others said it is premature to make any assessment based on the currently available data.
The figures mean about one in every 15,000 children [6.7 in every 100,000] in Fukushima Prefecture has thyroid gland cancer. The rate soars to one in every 6,000 [16.7 in every 100,000] if the suspected cases are included.
Those figures are higher than the thyroid gland cancer occurrence rate of 1.7 in every 100,000 individuals between the ages 15 and 19 in Miyagi and three other prefectures in 2007. [...]
Published: June 6th, 2013 at 6:05 pm ET