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Experts were divided over whether radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident affected the thyroid cancer rate among children in Fukushima Prefecture, in which 59 young people have been diagnosed with or suspected of contracting the disease.

Most of the experts denied the possibility that the effects of the nuclear accident of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant appear so soon, but some other experts said that the thyroid cancer rate of children from Fukushima prefecture can be called frequent,  at the meeting on Dec. 21 conducted by the Environment Ministry and Fukushima prefectural government at which experts offered their opinions.

There are different opinions among them on how to read the statistical data.

As of Sept. 30, 2013, 59 out of about 239,000 tested had been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer. One was diagnosed with a benign tumor.


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Experts differ over nuclear accident’s effect on cancer rate in children (Asahi Shimbun)



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