A recent article out of the Fukushima Daiichi Prefecture area of Japan is adding to the count of children with Fukushima thyroid cancer following this catastrophic and unfortunate event. What is so amazing to me is that the prefecture government officials are standing by their statement, “It is unlikely there is a link between the young people’s exposure to radiation and the increased number of suspected and confirmed thyroid cancer cases, to date.” The data clearly states otherwise. Is anything being done, or are these poor children just ‘out of luck’?
Here’s an excerpt from the article by Teruhiko Nose and Yuri Oiwa in The Ashahi Shimbun:
Fifteen more young people in Fukushima Prefecture have received definitive or suspected diagnoses of thyroid cancer, which is often associated with radiation exposure, prefectural officials said Nov. 12.
That raises to 59 the total number of young people who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer.
All were aged 18 or under in March 2011 when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The latest figures show 12 people per 100,000 who were aged 18 or younger at the time of the accident developing thyroid cancer.
That compares with an average of 1.7 people per 100,000 in the general population between the ages of 15 and 19 who contracted the cancer in 2007, according to statistics taken in four prefectures, including nearby Miyagi.
The current results are based on the latest round of testing, which covered an additional 33,000 young people in Fukushima Prefecture. To date, the prefectural government has released test results for about 226,000 people.
Sadly, this is obviously only the beginning. The thyroid problems we’re seeing today as a result of this catastrophe are just the tip of the iceberg. As stated in the article, “In the case of Chernobyl, thyroid cancer cases only began soaring four to five years after the accident.” In Fukushima, after only 3 years, the numbers are already much higher.
How many people are going to end up with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or an autoimmune disease because their thyroid gland is being destroyed, and not by their doing? The officials are ignoring all the signs. Fukushima thyroid cancer cases are growing, and this is no longer up for debate.
This has happened before. Aren’t we supposed to learn from our mistakes?
**This article was originally featured on ThyroidNation.com.**
Note: Fukushima is also impacting children on the US West Coast. For more see: Report: West Coast Children Hit With Thyroid Problems Following Fukushima
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