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» A new study: Excess of thyroid cancer detected in Fukushima is because of radiation, not “screening effect”

A new study by Japanese epidemiologist analyzing the result data of ultrasound thyroid checkup in Fukushima prefecture says that an excess of thyroid cancer has been detected in Fukushima and it is not because of “screening effect” or “overdiagnosis”, but is because of exposure to the radiation.

The title of the study is “Thyroid Cancer Detection by Ultrasound Among Residents Ages 18 Years and Younger in Fukushima, Japan: 2011-2014” and the author is Toshihide Tsuda, a professor in Oakayama University, and his colleagues.
The study was appeared on the October 7th on the online edition of “Epidemiology”, a medical magazine published by International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

According to the study, children and adolescents in middle central Fukushima (between Fukushima city and Koriyama city) who were 18 years old or younger at the time of the nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant occurred in March 2011 are diagnosed as thyroid cancer 30-50 times more frequent in comparison with the Japanese annual incidence ratio.

Professor Tsuda hold a press conference in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Oct.8th and warned that more frequent occurrence of thyroid cancer may happen in near future but neither the Japanese government nor Fukushima prefecture are taking effective measures to deal with the situation.

The abstract and PDF data of the original article are openly accessible through the website of Epidemiology.

An archive video of the press conference by Our Planet TV can be seen in the link below.

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