Asahi Shimbun, Nov. 13, 2013: Fifteen more young people in Fukushima Prefecture have received definitive or suspected diagnoses of thyroid cancer [8 of the 15 are definitively diagnosed with cancer], which is often associated with radiation exposure, prefectural officials said Nov. 12. That raises to 59 the total number of young people who have been diagnosed with  or are suspected of having thyroid cancer . [...] The latest figures show 12 people per 100,000 who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident developing thyroid cancer [26 confirmed cancers out of 226,000 tested]. That compares with an average of 1.7 people per 100,000 in the general population between the ages of 15 and 19 who contracted the cancer in 2007 [...] Prefectural officials said it is unlikely there is a link [...] In the case of Chernobyl, thyroid cancer cases only began soaring four to five years after the accident. Some experts said it is unlikely that the cancer develops within three years after exposure to radiation.
See also: Fukushima Cover-Up: Extraordinary amount of kids have thyroid cancer -- Officials say NOT caused by Fukushima since Chernobyl's cancers took 4-5 yrs to appear -- Yet data shows it started soon after '86 meltdown... number of cases still rising 25 years later
The latest results are based on an additional 33,000 Fukushima children being tested. 8 confirmed cases out of those 33,000 is a ratio of over 24 per 100,000. If the 7 suspected cases are confirmed, it is over 45 per 100,000 — around 2,500% higher than the rate in 2007.
ABC’s ‘Foreign Correspondent’, Nov. 5, 2013 (at 9:00 in):
Tomoko Koike. mother of 2 and 4 year old in Fukushima Prefecture: We do not know the real situation. We don’t know whats going on. I can’t trust them. […]
Willacy: Her children have already been screened and cleared in tests run by the Fukushima local government. But a follow up screening here at the private Hirata hospital revealed cysts on the thyroid gland of 4 year old Saki.
Koike: A couple of cysts were found. I was very shocked. I don’t know whether the examination by the prefecture was sloppy, or that she wasn’t examined properly.
Published: November 13th, 2013 at 9:46 am ET
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