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Fukushima’s children at center of debate over increasing thyroid cancer rates

Three years after the worst nuclear accident in a generation, the Japanese prefecture is reporting a rise in the number of children showing cancer symptoms. But is this directly related to the disaster, or is the testing more rigorous? When doctors found several tiny nodules on his 12-year-old daughter’s thyroid…

Fukushima nuclear officials admit 2,000 workers face increased thyroid cancer risks

Around 2,000 people who have worked at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant face a heightened risk of thyroid cancer, its operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said 1,973 people — around 10 percent of those employed in emergency crews involved in the clean-up since the meltdowns — were believed…

Fukushima disaster increased risk of cancer for residents who live near plant: WHO

Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has raised the risk of thyroid cancer for people living near the plant, but no jump in cases is expected elsewhere, the WHO said Thursday. The World Health Organisation said in a report that within a 20-kilometre (12-mile) radius of the plant, rates of thyroid…

Seaweed linked to post-menopause cancer risk

A Japanese study Wednesday said regular seaweed consumption among post-menopausal women heightened their risk of developingthyroid cancer, linking it to iodine in the macrobiotic food. A 14-year national survey of nearly 53,000 Japanese women, aged between 40 and 69, found that the group reported 134 thyroid cancer cases, including 113 cases of papillary…

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