Professor: Do not examine Fukushima children for health problems because it’s likely to cause harm — Abnormalities would be found, leading to unnecessary tests

Published: March 2nd, 2012 at 10:43 am ET


Title: Fukushima Health Impact: Minimal?
Source: Wall Street Journal
Authors: Keith Johnson and Peter Landers
Date: Mar. 2, 2012

[...] The panelists estimated that the risk of getting cancer for those exposed would increase by about 0.002%, and the risk of dying from cancer would rise by 0.001%.

“I received more radiation on my transcontinental flights from Tokyo to Washington than I did at the reactor site,” said John Boice, a professor at Vanderbilt University and the incoming president of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. [...]

Japan has started a program to screen children in Fukushima prefecture with ultrasound exams every two years until they turn 20. [Robert Peter Gale, visiting professor at Imperial College London] questioned whether that was a good idea, saying the ultrasounds would inevitably find abnormalities and lead to unnecessary biopsies and other tests. “You can imagine a whole cascade of things driven by political considerations,” he said. “It’s meant to do good but it’s likely to cause harm.”

Read the report here

For more on this panel of experts see The New York Times piece from yesterday: Sizing Up Health Impacts a Year After Fukushima

UPDATE: has a similar piece up at:

Noticing a pattern here? Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time… were USATODAY and WaPo too busy?

If you prefer facts and reporting on events happening in Japan, see:


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Published: March 2nd, 2012 at 10:43 am ET


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