Reuters Headline: Fukushima Mothers Worried About Cancer Risk (VIDEO)

Published: February 28th, 2013 at 11:16 pm ET


Title: Fukushima Mothers Worried About Cancer Risk
Source: Reuters
Date: Feb. 28, 2013

Fukushima Mothers Worried About Cancer Risk

Description: A new report says the risk of cancer is low at a Japanese nuclear site damaged in the earthquake and tsunami two years ago, but local mothers still have serious concerns.


Reporter: At this kindergarten in Fukushima, Japan, the playground is monitored by a radiation detection device. […] Local health authorities are monitoring every child for thyroid abnormalities, but for mothers like Makiko Suzuki it’s not enough.

Makiko Suzuki: I want to get another opinion, but it’s difficult. Thyroid specialists are really rare. I’d have to travel really far to find a decent doctor who knows all about thyroid cancer.

Reporter: A new World Health Organization report finds females exposed as infants in the most contaminated area could have a 70-percent higher risk of developing thyroid cancer. […] Japanese scientists are trying to calm worried mothers, but admit that more research is needed.

Fukushima Medical University Professor Shinichi Suzuki: In the case of Chernobyl, thyroid cancer started to appear four or five years later. It doesn’t show up straightaway. Long-term, even more than 25 years on, there are still cases of thyroid cancer appearing in Chernobyl. So whatever we tell mothers right now, they’re unlikely to be reassured.

Reporter: Two years after the disaster, Fukushima officials say more than 40-percent of local children have some thyroid abnormalities.

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Published: February 28th, 2013 at 11:16 pm ET


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6 comments to Reuters Headline: Fukushima Mothers Worried About Cancer Risk (VIDEO)

  • We Not They Finally

    Will they care once the children are DEAD?

  • Sickputer

    Not Hiroshima…that was a Minamata child poisoned by Chisso's mercury dumping:

    "Minamata disease was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968"

  • japan guinea pig

    Thanks Sickputer, Minamata or radiation it really doesnt matter its all down to people making money and governments not giving a Sh…….T !!!