Title: News Navigator: What is thyroid gland cancer and its relation to radiation?
Date: Apr 27, 2012
[...] At Chernobyl, thyroid gland cancer increased after radiation exposure equivalent to around 10 sieverts across one’s lifetime. In the case of Fukushima, regulations on radioactive food were soon put in place, so the amount of radioactive exposure is much less, and medical professionals have projected that thyroid gland cancer cases will not increase.
Q: How have thyroid gland ultrasound tests for children under 18 in Fukushima Prefecture gone?
A: Results as of November last year, released by the Fukushima Prefectural Government, were that among 3,765 people tested, around 30 percent had tumors of two centimeters or smaller found, but no children had malignant tumors. If a tumor is nonmalignant then treatment is not necessary. It is also said that nonmalignant tumors hardly ever change into malignant tumors.
[...] The thyroid gland, an organ around five centimeters tall and three centimeters wide [...]
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Published: April 27th, 2012 at 10:50 am ET
- “Impossibly High”: WHO’s initial report estimated Tokyo AND Osaka infant thyroid dose at 10 to 100 millisieverts — Up to 1 full sievert in Namie May 25, 2012
- New Scientist: Japan’s radioactive children will be fine, thyroid glands only emitting 35 millisieverts — Anything under 100 millisieverts not dangerous August 16, 2011
- Gov’t: 26 Fukushima children found with lumps over 5mm on thyroid gland January 26, 2012
- Local Paper: Now 1,143 Fukushima children with lumps on thyroid gland, not 26 — Nearly 1 in every 3 kids tested — “Gov’t has decided they are benign” January 26, 2012
- NYTimes: Doctors want ban on thyroid cancer screenings — “A tsunami of thyroid cancer… Stop the diagnosis… We need to actively discourage early detection” — WSJ: Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers — Study: Fukushima-related tumors can spread very fast, must be closely monitored November 7, 2014