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An ongoing health survey of Fukushima Prefecture residents has uncovered seven new cases of thyroid cancer among people who were aged 18 or under when the disaster broke out in March 2011.

The new cases reported since the previous announcement in May bring the total number of thyroid cancer cases among prefectural residents in this age group to 57. Including suspected cases, the figure rose by 14 to 103.

A breakdown of data from four districts of the prefecture showed little variance in the rate of occurrence between three of the districts: 13 municipalities including areas designated as evacuation zones after the outbreak of the nuclear disaster; the Hamadori district including the city of Iwaki; and the Nakadori district extending to the cities of Fukushima and Koriyama. In these districts, the rate averaged 33.5 to 36.4 cases per 100,000 people. In the Aizu district, the average was lower, at 27.7 per 100,000, but officials suspect this is due to the fact that thyroid testing in this district has not progressed.

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More thyroid cancer cases reported in Fukushima Pref. health survey (Mainichi Newspaper)

Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima (Asahi Newspaper)


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