Reuters: Thyroid cancer risk lasts entire life after radiation exposure — Leukemia risk peaks in a few years

Published: August 17th, 2012 at 7:43 pm ET
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Title: Thyroid cancer risk persists decades after radiation – chicagotribune.com
Source: Reuters
Author: Genevra Pittman
Date: August 17, 2012

People who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as children continued to have a higher-than-normal risk of thyroid cancer more than 50 years after radiation exposure, according to a new study.[...]

Dr. Kiyohiko Mabuchi of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, who worked on the new study

  • “Most people, even scientists, have a misconception that the risk [of thyroid cancer] is only a few years and then it goes away”
  • The risk of leukemia – another cancer tied to radiation exposure – is known to peak a few years after the exposure and then return to normal

Radiation researcher John Boice from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

  • Study confirms findings from the United States that people remain at higher risk of thyroid cancer for decades after they’re exposed to radiation
  • “The risk appears to last pretty much your entire life”
  • That’s because thyroid cells are permanently damaged by radiation unless the radiation dose is so high that they’re killed completely

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20 comments to Reuters: Thyroid cancer risk lasts entire life after radiation exposure — Leukemia risk peaks in a few years

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "The risk of leukemia – another cancer tied to radiation exposure – is known to peak a few years after the exposure and then return to normal."

    This may be true for a one-time only exposure, but after Fukushima, with ongoing radiation release far surpassing the radiation released by the Hiroshima bomb – every hour 24/7/365 for millions of years – and exponential bioaccumulation, I think the risk of leukemia, and all the other types of cancers, will never return to 'normal'.

    But that's just me.


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    • BringoutYourDead

      "This may be true for a one-time only exposure, but after Fukushima, with ongoing radiation release far surpassing the radiation released by the Hiroshima bomb – every hour 24/7/365 for millions of years – and exponential bioaccumulation, I think the risk of leukemia, and all the other types of cancers, will never return to 'normal'."

      Good post, this is our new normal, and our new background rads. They will be different tomorrow…


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  • VanneV anne

    The risk of bone cancer also keeps rising life long after radiation exposure. The studies are already published in Russia. Why can't our scientists read?


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    • BringoutYourDead

      " Why can't our scientists read?"

      They can read anne, and they are not stupid. The truth of what we are doing to our future is just too hard for them to contemplate. We humans just live for today, the fact that we are killing our future as a species does not fit in with our current veiw of life. What's sad is what we're leaving behind, how can we justify this?


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    • sadtexan

      "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?"

      For most folks, blinders are more comfortable than the truth.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "Why can't our scientists read?"

      It all depends on who is paying their salaries, anne. These scientists', and many others, personal morals and ethics are for sale.

      And they've sold.


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  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Admin, congratulations! Facebook likes surpassed 6000 today, it was 5000 in late June. Keep up the good work, and the good fight for knowledge. Sharp2197


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    • BringoutYourDead

      " Facebook likes surpassed 6000 today"

      6,000 out of billions of people effected? This is not good, we must spread the word a bit more.


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      • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

        There are billions of people not even on facebook, but yes we should all try to spead the news about the poisoning and coverups perpetrated by the nuke industry.


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    • sadtexan

      I've been noticing that number tick up, too. Congrats, Admin. Dunno what this site's traffic is like, but I imagine (hope) it gets a lot of durable/return visitors.


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      • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

        You can get a feel of the traffic by looking on the right, at todays most viewed just before midnight eastern, the number after the headline is views of that story, frequently there are a couple of headline with 6000 views, also at top of articles you will see shared numbers.


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  • RJ RJ

    Interesting Editorial from Yomiuri, commenting on U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye report "The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Anchoring Stability in Asia."

    No surprises really. The usual, US pushing Japan into the TPP and calling for “to more widely resume the operation of nuclear plants.”

    This kind of shit reminds of the Charlie Sheen scene in “Platoon. ‘You just don’t f#%*ing get it!!’”

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/T120817003147.htm


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Thyroid cancer, leukemia, bone cancer ..we're all at risk, thanks to the nuclear industry.


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  • arclight arclight

    UK censored? Drinking water standards cover up!

    ”..results in the table below include all chemi-
    cals covered by the US EPA’s Safe Drinking Water
    Act for which analysis was performed and concen-
    trations of the chemicals that were detected from 1
    January 2011 to 31 December 2011. Although
    Lead is reported as reaching the maximum contami-
    nant limit during CY 2011 sampling time frame,
    RAF Mildenhall received zero exceedances for any
    of the chemicals of health concern. At the time of
    sampling the MCL for lead was 0.020 and was
    reduced to the current standard of 0.015 in October
    2011. The sample was taken in September 2011…”

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/18/uk-censored-drinking-water-standards-cover-up/#more-27304


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  • ML

    Thyroid cancer due to radiation exposure has its own unique genetic marker as discovered by German researchers. http://www.healthcanal.com/cancers/17423-Fingerprint-radiation-exposure-discovered-thyroid-cancer.html
    This link has been shared on ENE before, but bears repeating. Maybe researchers will find the epigenetic markers for all radiation induced cancers. I don't expect the US will find this. Probably Germany now that they aren't invested in nuclear power.
    I also do not believe that leukemia rates return to "normal" after a stated number of years post exposure. We have ongoing exposure whether natural or man-made. We have great mechanisms for repairing genetic and cellular damage, but only up to a point…and that point differs with the individual and the type of exposure.
    What-About-the-Kids posted this in June: To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: unger@helmholtz-muenchen.de

    Participating scientists and authors of the study:
    Julia Heßa, Gerry Thomasb, Herbert Braselmanna, Verena Bauera, Tatjana Bogdanovac, Johannes Wienbergd, Horst Zitzelsbergera, and Kristian Ungerb,1

    Author Affiliations:
    1. German Research Center for Environmental Health GmbH, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany;
    2. Human Cancer Studies Group, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0HS, United Kingdom;
    3. Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Academy of Medical Sciences of the Ukraine, 254114 Kiev, Ukraine; and
    4. Department Biologie…


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  • LapeerKate

    Hi everyone. Though I rarely comment, I try to keep up with what the knowledgeable posters here are saying. Thank you all!
    Regards this article, I felt it necessary to let you know that I have just been diagnosed with a thyroid nodule and am about to begin the requisite testing. Though I know it could be totally unrelated to Fuku, I can't help wondering……..
    Again, thank you all and keep up the great work!


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  • LapeerKate

    @TimeIsShort. Thank you very much for the link. I am in SE Michigan, see him again Friday and will do so. We briefly discussed nuclear. He knew what Fuku was, was receptive to my suggestions about foods to avoid, and wasn't aghast when I told him I carry a geiger counter. He so far seems to be very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and willing to take the time. I will see what he and I can do. Thanks again!


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