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A man who developed thyroid gland cancer after working at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has for the first time won the right to work-related compensation.
While the case ranks as the third time a worker at the Fukushima plant has been recognized as eligible for work-related compensation because of cancer caused by radiation exposure, it is the first instance involving thyroid gland cancer.
Cancer of the thyroid is more common in women than in men. Most patients are between 25 and 65 years old. People who have been exposed to large amounts of radiation, or who have had radiation treatment for medical problems in the head and neck have a higher chance of getting thyroid cancer. The cancer may not occur until 20 years or longer after radiation treatment.
Who said there were cancer increases in cities 20 miles away? You don't have to be working inside a nuclear plant to have increased cancer risk if there's a disaster, as Chernobyl showed us.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
Start showing us the cancer rate increases from cities 20 miles away.
The increase in thyroid cancer is probably specifically attributable to Chernobyl, but for other types of cancers the correlation isn't so clear.
A large increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer has occurred among people who were young children and adolescents at the time of the accident and lived in the most contaminated areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine. This was due to the high levels of radioactive iodine released from the Chernobyl reactor in the early days after the accident.
So I can't tell you what the WHO report on Fukushima health effects in 2031 will say, but you can read their report on the Chernobyl health effects now.
An increased number of cancer deaths can be expected during the lifetime of persons exposed to radiation from the accident. Since it is currently impossible to determine which individual cancers were caused by radiation, the number of such deaths can only be estimated statistically using information and projections from the studies of atomic bomb survivors and other highly exposed populations. It should be noted that the atomic bomb survivors received high radiation doses in a short time period, while Chernobyl caused low doses over a long time. This and other factors, such as trying to estimate doses people received some time after the accident, as well as differences in lifestyle and nutrition, cause very large uncertainties when making projections about future cancer deaths. In addition, a significant non-radiation related reduction in the average lifespan in the three countries over the past 15 years caused by overuse of alcohol and tobacco, and reduced health care, have significantly increased the difficulties in detecting any effect of radiation on cancer mortality.
The containment at Fukushima didn't prevent huge amounts of radiation from being released into the atmosphere, and the failed containment is still leaking radiation even today. Japan attempted to build an ice wall as a means of containment but they admit it's still leaking.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: Arbitrageur
Lots of different issues with chernobyl that fukishima.
Russia didn't have any containment built into theirs.