Nearly 36pc of Fukushima children diagnosed with abnormal thyroid growths. Anxiety main focus of government.

This post consists of multiple articles in order to provide the response sequence of government which results in the shifting of focus from thyroid abnormalities to anxiety. ie government induced denial and blame shifting.
The need for civil protest in the face of deceptive leadership is obvious.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9410702/Nearly-36pc-of-Fukushima-children-diagnosed-with-abnormal-thyroid-growths.html

The Telegraph (UK)

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo

6:14AM BST 19 Jul 2012

Nearly 36pc of Fukushima children diagnosed with abnormal thyroid growths
Nearly 36 percent of children in Fukushima Prefecture have been disgnosed with abnormal growths on their thyroids, although doctors insist there is no link between the “cluster” of incidents and the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in March of last year.

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Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama Photo: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Sixth Report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey, released in April, included examinations of 38,114 children, of whom 35.3 percent – some 13,460 children – were found to have cysts or nodules of up to 5 mm (0.197 inches) on their thyroids.

A further 0.5 percent, totalling 186 youngsters, had nodules larger than 5.1 mm (0.2 inches).

A study by the Japan Thyroid Association in 2001 found that zero percent of children in the city of Nagasaki had nodules and only 0.8 percent had cysts on their thyroids.

“Yes, 35.8 percent of children in the study have lumps or cysts, but this is not the same as cancer,” said Naomi Takagi, an associate professor at Fukushima University Medical School Hospital, which administered the tests.

“We do not know that cause of this, but it is hard to believe that is due to the effects of radiation,” she said. “This is an early test and we will only see the effects of radiation exposure after four or five years.”

The local authority is carrying out long-term testing of children who were under the age of 18 on March 11 last year, the day on which the magnitude-9 Great East Japan struck off the coast of north-east Japan, triggering the massive tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Thyroid examinations were first conducted in October last year and will be carried out every two years up to the age of 20 and every five years for the rest of the children’s lives.

A second report has been issued by Japan’s Institute of Radiological Sciences in which it found that some children living close to the plant were exposed to “lifetime” doses of radiation to their thyroid glands.

http://iopscience.iop.org/0952-4746/32/1/1/article/

Journal of Radiological Protection
Volume 32
Number 1
Epidemiological studies of Fukushima residents exposed to ionising radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant prefecture—a preliminary review of current plans

Suminori Akiba 2012 J. Radiol. Prot. 32 1
doi:10.1088/0952-4746/32/1/1
Received 26 August 2011, accepted for publication 2 December 2011, in final form 10 November 2011
Published 10 February 2012

Abstract

It is now more than six months since the beginning of the accident on 11 March 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The Japanese government and local health authorities have started to collect the information necessary to estimate radiation doses received by those living in the area around the plant, drafted plans for the health care of residents, and started to implement some of them. This paper reviews and discusses the studies necessary for risk evaluation of cancer and non-cancer diseases, including those already planned, mainly from the view point of evaluating health risk using epidemiological approaches. In the long run, it is important to establish a cohort with a control group. Even if the cumulative doses are estimated to be so low that it is difficult to evaluate the risk of cancer and non-cancer diseases, it is necessary to conduct such a study to reassure residents. The health care programme of the Fukushima Prefecture government, including health check-ups of residents, will help to assess indirect effects of radiation exposure, including psychological problems.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-12/fukushima-children-exposed-to-radiation/4126628

Fukushima kids cop ‘lifetime’ radiation dose
By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy

Updated July 12, 2012 14:42:02

A Japanese study has found some children who live near the Fukushima nuclear plant have received “lifetime” doses of radiation to their thyroid glands.

A team from Japan’s Institute of Radiological Sciences used government data to measure the internal radiation exposure of more than 1,000 Fukushima children.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant emitted radiation after being crippled by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Despite the government announcing more than half of the children had zero exposure, the independent study found that on average they did receive thyroid gland doses of internal radiation.

Several children were judged to have received an equivalent lifetime dose to the thyroid.

But the government says it does not plan to notify the parents out of fear of creating anxiety.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-12/fukushima-children-exposed-to-radiation/4126628

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CONFIRMED: 36 Percent Of Fukushima Kids Have Abnormal Thyroid Growths And Doctors Are In The Dark
Michael Kelley | Jul. 19, 2012, 3:58 PM

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A few days ago we reported that 36 percent of Fukushima children have abnormal thyroid growths likely from radiation exposure, based on the “Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey.”

We got in touch with Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott, who has spoken about the growths, to ask her about the implications of the study.

After confirming the validity of the report, Caldicott reinforced the alarming nature of the findings:

1. “It is extremely rare to find cysts and thyroid nodules in children.”

2. “This is an extremely large number of abnormalities to find in children.”

3. “You would not expect abnormalities to appear so early — within the first year or so — therefore one can assume that they must have received a high dose of [radiation].”

4. “It is impossible to know, from what [officials in Japan] are saying, what these lesions are.”

Doctors worry about these abnormal growths because even though thyroid nodules are relatively common, they are not common in children and some of them could become cancerous.

When asked why these results haven’t been widely reported, Calidcott noted that Japanese officials are not sharing ultrasound results with foremost experts of thyroid nodules in children and accused the media of “practicing psychic numbing,” saying that she doesn’t understand why media outlets are choosing to ignore the nuclear fallout.

Caldicott explained that the high rate of abnormal growths in Fukushima children is very unusual — it usually takes five to 70 years to see what the medical implications of radiation are — and insisted that the international medical community become involved.

“The data should be made available. And they should be consulting with international experts ASAP. And the lesions on the ultrasounds should all be biopsied and they’re not being biopsied. And if they’re not being biopsied then that’s ultimate medical irresponsibility. Because if some of these children have cancer and they’re not treated they’re going to die.”

We also spoke with Dr. Bryan Haugen, president-elect of the American Thyroid Association and head of endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who hadn’t heard of the report before we contacted him.

Haugen agreed with the Caldicott’s assessment that it is surprising for kids to “have this many nodules and cysts seen, especially this soon after the accident,” and the fact that “this something that is not more widely known.”

He added that ultrasound technology is much more sensitive today so cysts (i.e. small sacs of fluid) smaller than 2 centimeters do not need to be biopsied, but that solid nodules (i.e. clumps of cells) larger than 5 to 10 millimeters should be biopsied.

After Chernobyl, Haugen notes, radiation physicists calculated the radiation risk to children by measuring exposure and then finding out how many kids had nodules and how many had cancer. Chernobyl children were found to have a lot of solid nodules, but the Fukushima results reveal a lot more cysts so “it’s a bit different.”

The New York Academy of Sciences estimates that nearly one million people around the world have died from exposure to radiation released by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor.

Haugen said that he hasn’t read or heard about specific data on the Fukushima radiation risk or about comparisons between Fukushima and Chernobyl.

If a nuclear disaster occurred in the U.S., Dr. Haugen said the American Thyroid Association would “want to get this information out … in a few different venues to let people know whats going on … [and] appropriately critique the data. If it’s not widely available, it’s hard to review and critique.”

One Response to “Nearly 36pc of Fukushima children diagnosed with abnormal thyroid growths. Anxiety main focus of government.”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Great article!

    Too bad the Japanese Medical System is making it so hard to review and critique the health of its people by protecting the Nuclear Industry!

    Are these Doctors protecting HEATH or the protecting the profits of the Nuclear Industry!

    Liked and Tweeted…

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