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