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Fifteen more young people in Fukushima Prefecture have received definitive or suspected diagnoses of thyroid cancer, prefectural officials anounced Nov. 12.

That raises to total 59 of young people who were aged 18 or under in March 2011 and have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer.The latest figures show 12 people per 100,000 developing thyroid cancer.

That compares with an average of 1.7 people per 100,000 in the general population between the ages of 15 and 19 who contracted the cancer in 2007, according to statistics taken in four prefectures, including nearby Miyagi.

The current results are based on the latest ultrasound test.To date, the prefectural government has released test results for about 226,000 people.

Of the 15 young people and children, only eight were definitively diagnosed as having thyroid cancer. The other seven are suspected cases. Of the total number of children diagnosed as or suspected of having developed thyroid cancer, those numbers are 26 and 33, respectively. Except for one of those who was diagnosed with a benign tumor, all were aged between six and 18 as of March 2011. Their average age was 16.8.

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More suspected and confirmed cases of thyroid cancer diagnosed in Fukushima children (Asahi Newspaper)


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