Rich Travis, Staff Writer
Here’s an article based on the Fukushima Daiichi Prefecture area of Japan, that is adding to the Fukushima thyroid cancer count in children, from this catastrophic and unfortunate event. What is still so amazing to me, is that the Prefecture government officials are standing by their statements, “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’?
by Teruhiko Nose and Yuri Oiwa (THE ASAHI 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 that this catastrophe is causing, is 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.” After only 3 years, the numbers are already much higher and the terrible part is, 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 are no longer up for debate.
This has happened before. Aren’t we supposed to learn from our mistakes?
About the Author
Rich Travis is a staff writer for ThyroidNation.com. Living with his wife and 2 children, he has a front row seat to the devastation thyroid disease can cause and offers an in-depth, up close and personal view of his experience. His wife of 17 years suffers from Hypothyroidism and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2012. Seeking help, compassion and cures for those that suffer please follow him on Twitter, Tumblr and read more of his articles here.
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