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: Time.com has a similar piece up at: http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2012/03/02/nuked-how-bad-was-fukushima/
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:
- Gundersen in Japan: 1,000,000 additional cancers from Fukushima over next 20 years -- Based on university studies after Three Mile Island (1.5 HOUR VIDEO)
- Former top Japan nuclear official appalled by his new findings: Iodine-133 likely a major contributor to thyroid dose after Fukushima -- Much bigger health concern than I-131 (VIDEO)
- Nuclear Expert: Fukushima risk underestimated -- 5% of young girls will get cancer living in 20 milliSv/y for 5 years -- "Actually worse than that" -- Hot particles NOT included & only counts cancers, not other effects (VIDEO)
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Published: March 2nd, 2012 at 10:43 am ET
- Report: Now over 44% of Fukushima children have thyroid abnormalities in latest tests February 14, 2013
- Caldicott in Japan: “Incredibly rare” thyroid abnormalities found in 40% of Fukushima children — Indicates a really high dose of radiation, higher than at Chernobyl (VIDEO) November 20, 2012
- Magazine Scandal: Serious abnormalities found in evacuees; Sapporo doctor shocked by quick onset of suspected thyroid cancers — Such rapid growth was impossible in children before 3/11, says report February 24, 2012
- More children who evacuated Fukushima found with thyroid abnormalities -Report May 18, 2012
- Japan Professor: Fukushima crisis is leading to surge in thyroid cancers… First signs of health catastrophe — NHK: Trend seen in new cancer tests is ‘suspicious’ (VIDEO) August 23, 2013