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A child has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer after the latest survey on the health impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, a Fukushima prefectural committee said.

A total of seven others in the survey of 385,000 Fukushima Prefecture children that began in April last year are suspected of having thyroid cancer but have not received a definitive diagnosis.

The child diagnosed with the cancer and the seven others tested negative in the first survey covering all 370,000 children in the prefecture who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the disaster, not including those born a year after the accident.

“Despite the new results, I don’t think we need to change our previous view” that they are not affected by radiation, said Hokuto Hoshi, who heads the prefectural panel.

In the first survey, 86 children were confirmed to have thyroid cancer and 23 were suspected of having it.

In both surveys, children’s thyroid glands were first scanned with ultrasound to measure the size and shape of any lumps, and assigned four grades of severity. Those children assigned the two highest grades were then given blood tests and cell biopsies.

The child confirmed to have thyroid cancer and those seven children suspected of having it were between 6 and 17 years old at the time of the accident, according to Fukushima Medical University which conducted the survey.

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Thyroid cancer case found in 2nd survey of Fukushima children(Mainichi Newspaper)

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