Thyroid cancer found in 12 minors in Fukushima

Whereas many experts in nuclear power claim the latent period between exposure and thyroid disease, including cancer, is several years to half a decade, as the previous posts show, qualified medical research defines the latent period for thyroid cancer in children as being 12 months or more.

The US CDC give 2.5 years as the latent period.

Thyroid cancer in children in Belarus saw a doubling of the background rate in the first twelve months after the Chernobyl accident. This doubling was considered, the rate of incidence doubling every year for 4 years. In the fifth year there was a massive increase. The massive increase in rate at the five year mark was marked by several years of rate of incidence doubling.

On the basis of the actual events and incidence rate increases in Belarus from 1987 onward, it is incorrect for Fukushima Hospital staff to deny this increase occurred. The “mere” doubling seen early on in Belarus presaged a massive increase in the disease. In fact, a consistent doubling of a naturally very rare disease is tragic.

The loss of the thyroid gland is not a trivial medical event. In every case the individual and the family bears the cost.

Japan Times.

FUKUSHIMA – An ongoing study on the impact of radiation on Fukushima residents from the crippled atomic power plant has found 12 minors with confirmed thyroid cancer diagnoses, up from three in a report in February, with 15 other suspected cases, up from seven, researchers announced Wednesday.

The figures were taken from about 174,000 people aged 18 or younger whose initial thyroid screening results have been confirmed.

Researchers at Fukushima Medical University, which has been taking the leading role in the study, have said they do not believe the most recent cases are related to the nuclear crisis.

They point out that thyroid cancer cases were not found among children hit by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident until four to five years later.

The prefecture’s thyroid screenings target 360,000 people who were aged 18 or younger when the March 2011 mega-quake and tsunami triggered the meltdown crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

The initial-phase checks looked at lumps and other possible thyroid cancer symptoms and categorized possible cases into four groups depending on the degree of seriousness. Those in the two most serious groups were picked for secondary exams.

In fiscal 2011, after confirming test results from about 40,000 minors, the prefecture sent 205 for secondary testing. Of the 205, seven were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, four came out with suspected cases, and another had surgery but the tumor was found to be benign.

In fiscal 2012, of about 134,000 minors with confirmed initial screening results, the prefecture sent 935 to secondary testing. Among them, five were confirmed with thyroid cancer, while there were 11 suspected cases.

In the Chernobyl catastrophe, thyroid cancer was reported in more than 6,000 children. The U.N. Scientific Committee attributed many of the cases to consumption of milk contaminated with radioactive iodine immediately after the crisis started.

Last month, U.N. scientists assessing the health impact of the Fukushima nuclear crisis said the radiation dose for residents in the region was much lower than Chernobyl and that they do not expect to see any increase in cancer in the future.

Among those aged 10 to 14 in Japan, thyroid cancer strikes about 1 to 2 in a million.

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Quick recap:

The fact is in the normal course of events, in a civilised country, where, year on year for four years there was consistent trend to the doubling of incidence of childhood thyroid cancer, public health officials would be negligent if they did not look for a cause. Fukushima Hospital staff seem not to be looking for a cause. On the basis of the statements made in the above article.

After Chernobyl the consistent doubling of incidence year on year for four years presaged, and were a precursor for, the start of a massive wave of new cases.

Suzuki et al at Fukushima Hospital say nothing of this. There was a precursor doubling of cases post Chernobyl.

Will the same be seen in Japan? It is Prof Suzuki who, in a previous article, made claims about Japan in the context of Chernobyl. Though he cites no sources. So on looking, we find the basis for concern, and a horrible predictive ability in the early doublings of cases year on year.

Further Suzuki does not admit the medical evidence which shows that the latency period of radiation induced thyroid cancer varies – it may occur within the first 12 months after exposure, it may occur at any time there after throughout life.

““Shinichi Suzuki, a professor from Fukushima Medical University, stated at a panel meeting for the ongoing health impact following the nuclear disaster that it was still too early to directly link the cancer cases with Fukushima meltdowns. While this is somewhat hard to believe, what with the 2011 nuclear crisis being the worst disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, and three people from the prefecture just “coincidentally” developing cancer in following months, it was Chernobyl itself that showed it takes at least four to five years for the disease to be detected.” Source: Japan Daily Press,

When one actually looks at Chernobyl and at what was observed there in year, two, three and four, we find that the annual doubling in childhood thyroid cancers are tragic enough. Worse, these four years of incidence doubling presage, predict, are a precursor a landslide, a tsunami, a flood, of human illness and suffering.

And this directly contradicts the Professor and he must know of these figures. He knows what is to come. He deals with the early cases in a very casual manner.

Any Australian who reads the comments of Suzuki is sickned by the parallel the comments have in the light of the actual Chernobyl experience. The experience Suzuki mentions but does not cite or give reference for. The source documents reveal the crisis of year on year case doubling. And shows a deliberate blindness. Australian remember the 1980s reports of official callousness in regard to the conduct of the British nuclear tests in this country:

In 1985 the McClelland Royal Commission would report how Alan Butement, Chief Scientist for the Department of Supply wrote to the native patrol officer for the area, rebuking him for the concerns he had expressed about the situation and chastising him for “apparently placing the affairs of a handful of natives above those of the British Commonwealth of Nations“.

I submit the statements of Suzuki and his hospital ignore a comparative “handful of children” (though a massive number compared to natural rates of the disease) for the benefit of nuclear industry and government in the same manner as Alan Butement urged the callous disregard of the most vulnerable in 1950s nuclear Australia.

The comments and attitudes of Butement are not reflective of civil or moral society.

A handful of children with dosimeters forced to live with nuclear pollution from Fukushima in Japan.

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