Kyodo: 10 Fukushima children believed to have cancer — 70% female — Several already had surgery for thyroid

Published: February 13th, 2013 at 11:07 am ET


Title: Fukushima disaster panel so far reports three young people have thyroid cancer
Source: Kyodo
Date: Feb 14, 2013
Emphasis Added

A Fukushima Prefectural Government panel said Wednesday that two people who were 18 or younger when the triple-meltdown crisis started at the Fukushima No. 1 atomic complex in March 2011 have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, bringing the total cases to three.

Reporting at a meeting on the health impact from the catastrophe, professor Shinichi Suzuki of Fukushima Medical University said it is too early to link the cases to the nuclear disaster, because it took at least four to five years for thyroid cancer to be detected after the Chernobyl meltdown calamity that started in 1986.

The three people have been doing well since undergoing surgery, according to Suzuki.

[…] 38,000 were checked in fiscal 2011, and 10, including the three thyroid cancer cases, are believed to be suffering some form of cancer. The average age of the 10 is around 15, and seven are female. […]

Suzuki says, “It took at least four to five years for thyroid cancer to be detected after the Chernobyl meltdown.”

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health Anand Grover, who spent 11 days in Japan during November 2012, may not agree:

  • “Chernobyl is not a good example, whose study in the first three years was a blackout. So we don’t have data.” (Source)
  • “There was a clamp down of information that made it impossible linking them up in the first years after Chernobyl.” (Source)

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Published: February 13th, 2013 at 11:07 am ET


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15 comments to Kyodo: 10 Fukushima children believed to have cancer — 70% female — Several already had surgery for thyroid

  • jec jec

    Doing well. Has anyone mentioned the side effects of this REMOVAL of this critical gland. Now for the rest of their lives, they have 6 week/2 month blood tests to check level of artifical hormones, cancer testing/scans/radiation at least yearly, and a life time of concerns. If the lymphy nodes are involved..its a very much scarier scenario..and the surgery damages the throat, and can damage the voice and other throat functions. Now on to Japans shunning of the ones with this marriage in their future? Children possible? "doing well" is a misnomer..they have cancer..its not cured..just controlled.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Don't worry. Here in the US all the cancer kids will have great healthcare provided by Obamacare.

      Except there won't be any doctors. They don't want to work under Obamacare. The old ones are retiring – over 50% within the next couple of years, and the smart kids won't touch medicine as a career. And there will be half or less hospitals. They can't survive financially under Obamacare.

      And once the Death Panels – or 'Managed Care' panels – are implemented, there's no reason to spend money on kids that are going to die anyway, so treatment will be withheld. They'll be lucky to get charity hospice.

      Same for us.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Obamacare called for the establishment of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

        The new institute’s purpose is to carry out “comparative clinical effectiveness research,” which is defined in the law as evaluating and comparing “health outcomes” and “clinical effectiveness, risks and benefits” of two or more medical treatments or services.

        The purpose of the research is purportedly for the government to determine which treatments work best so that money is not spent on less effective treatments."

      • Yukio_Tanukio

        Blatant Hasbara tactics – Or, psychopathic behavior. Impossible to distinguish. If Hasbara, then it's called "Setting the Agenda" and means re-directing the topic. Two likely reasons for this behavior in this case: One, the writer is a compulsive paranoid right winger who feels justified in diverting the topic to one he more vehemently dwells on, or two, the writer is a web shill who is tasked to neutralize anti-nuclear discussions. Need more info about the operations I describe? Just ask me.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    I fear that, in time, millions will need their thyroids removed.

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      BP you nailed it. The three to five year stat is when the cancers peaked. Looking back they likely started 2 years after with girls being disproportionumatly represented in the initial cases.

      Why the f@ck didn't they feed the kids potassium iodide pills "as an unnecessary but prudent measure"?

      Now they wil have 10 times the cancers.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "Thyroid cancers related to Chernobyl started appearing only three to four years post-accident (over 92,000 have now been diagnosed). Yet only 12 months post-accident in the Fukushima Prefecture, 36% of 38,000 children under 18 have been diagnosed by ultrasound with thyroid cysts or nodules (most of these lesions should be biopsied to exclude malignancy). This short incubation time would indicate that these children almost certainly received a very high dose of thyroid radiation from inhaled and ingested radioactive iodine."

    This is from Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a preeminent expert on radiation and children:

    Soon we will see the 'jellyfish' babies:

    "Lijon Eknilang of the Marshall Islands explains her experience with the effect of nuclear radiation…I have had miscarriages on seven occasions. On one of those occasions, the child I miscarried was severely deformed – it had only one eye…they give birth, not to children as we like to think of them, but to things we could only describe as "octopuses," "apples," "turtles"…"

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The realities of life as a child of Japan, Canada and the United States, and now the rest of the world, are harsh indeed. Their developing bodies are keen to absorb nutrients to aid growth, so their cells unwittingly take in huge quantities of radioactive material. And since a significantly large amount of the Fukushima disaster’s byproducts mimic essential minerals like calcium, these poor kids’ bodies have absorbed the poison by the bucketload, thinking that it’s doing them good.

      Here is a link showing milk in Hawai'i at 600% or more above the FDA levels:

      Kellogg's cereal in Japan has been found to contain toxic levels of cesuim, one of the nuclear byproducts of Fukushima:

      The rice they use primarily comes from California. And where there's cesium, there's uranium and plutonium.

      Who drinks the most milk and eats the most cereal? Kids. This radiation kills the babies and kids first, and then works its' way up the age brackets.

      If you want to see a preview of what Japan is seeing now, and we'll see shortly, Google Images 'Chernobyl babies'. But only if you have a strong stomach.

      It is the opinion of many researchers that this horrific infanticide and explosion of mutated children is now in…

      • We Not They Finally

        Time is short. Get your bucket lists together. Humanity should be happy and try to fulfill what they can in the last days. We can blame ..But what is the use?Man was destined to destroy himself and the world we live in..Let God be the judge.My prayer is to never again be returned to a planet like earth and to be able to move on to be with the highly evolved souls all over the infinite universes….The experiment of the human species failed miserably. Instead of letting Tesla give us free energy we chose to create monster weapons from his work.Instead of letting Japan build cars that run on water we find ourselves in this disaster.

  • jec jec

    Is TEPCO going to pay for the medical costs for these children, these families? For loss of health? For the possibility of being shunned by Japanese society due to exposure? 10 cases of thyroid cancer in one area..HUGE unusually high percentage. Children seldom get thryoid cancer..and nodes and cysts are unusual in that age group as well. The poor parents..likely blaming themselves for this disease caused by TEPCO negligence..and ignoring of the dangers by the government. Where do the families of the politicians live? In Fukushima or other exposed areas? Bet they are still in Singapore or the new JAPAN CITIES in other countries.

    Thats where the money has gone I build enclaves for Japanese culture, an ARK so to speak, in less radiated areas like India. Of course..thats closer to Chernobyl. And Chernobyl has just had a slight "wardrobe" malfunction and loss of part of the casings around the reaction. So good with your new "safe cities" in Asia, Japan! They may not be for long…

  • alasanon

    This is really tragic. In the U.S., for everyone "successfully" treated for thyroid disease, there are millions who remain undiagnosed, have tons of unfortunate symptoms, and/or cannot adjust their medication, which keeps them alive. It disportionately affects women and is written off, accordingly. However, if men have thyroid cancer that runs untreated it is often the worst form and may be fatal.
    I knew a young woman in the U.S. who was partially paralyzed and permanently disabled from a thyroid surgery! She was engaged to be married and held a good job, but after her thyroid surgery went wrong, she was so traumatized and in such pain that she tried to run away from home! It was very sad. I asked a doctor about this and he said that technically, with a surgery like that where they slice your neck so close to major arteries and nerves, it is successful if you emerge from the anesthesia ALIVE!!..It is major surgery, which always holds risks.
    What I gather is that there is a pattern of underestimating the medical significance of the thyroid and the attendant risks of its malfunction or attempted treatment…. Good luck to these young women (& all of us)! I'll never forget that promising young woman. Her family said she had been fine before, but became miserable because of her thyroid treatment….. 🙁 I still remember their worries for her and discussing their lawsuit. It was hard to forget.

    • alasanon

      Not to mention, I hear that Japan formerly had the lowest incidence of cancer or thyroid disease in the world!! That really tells you something!!.. 🙁 Based on what I've heard about thyroid treatment in the U.S., those girls in Japan and their families may be in for much, much more than they have been led to believe. 🙁 I think the thyroid could be the quicksand of the medical world…

      • alasanon

        Lastly, I don't know what happened to that woman who had been "successfully" treated for thyroid disease. I tried to call her—they told me that she had run away from her parents' home again!! They also said she was not improving in her physical therapy program either. She was only about 22 years old. That's the last I heard…

  • We Not They Finally

    How can it POSSIBLY be "too early" to say this is radiation-related, when over 50% of the children already have thyroid growths? And adults lying on behalf of themselves is bad enough, but lying at the expense of the lives of little kids forced to live through this, is just despicable.