Cancer is not the only outcome. Sue Roff’s survey findings. (partial)

This is a repost. A bit disorganised Dennis sorry, but yes, a jog to recall the work of Sue Roff and put it up in more detail.

Important Information from Steve Pollard -Dental, hairlip, autism, asbergers, teeth extraction, veterans, veteran’s children

Steve contributed the following comments:

“Also any contact with veterans children, who have any incidences of teeth enamel issues, hairlip or autistim/asbergers syndrome within their generation or their subsequent children. Thanks in advance.”


“Submitted on 2010/12/03 at 10:37 pm
Keep up the great work! Any pressure on the MOD is good pressure.
Is there any news on Fox releasing the data as required? I would assume it is contemt of court if he has failed to meet the deadline? Also i am looking for information on other veterans who had teeth removed after the Pacific tests and still in the service or still under the armed service medical care. Many thanks. Stephen”

From Bob Varney’s thesis (no longer available online) which quotes from Sue Roff’s findings of the 1990s:

2: That they are suffering from radiation induced illnesses and many have already died prematurely as a result

Report Part 1, Mortality profile among BNTVA members

In Part 1 of her report dealing with the mortality profile among BNTVA members based on 608 death notifications supplied to her by the British Nuclear Tests Veterans Association (BNTVA), information which included the proven cause of death, Rabbitt Roff (Roff Dec.1997 pp. 3-4) concluded that:

· Slightly less than two thirds of the sample died before the age of 60 years.

· One third of the deaths in the sample that were caused by cancer occurred in the 1990s and were after the cut-off date set for a study by the National Radiological Protection Board, a study which concluded that veteran deaths had not been in any way different to recorded deaths in the general population.

· More than half the deaths from multiple melanoma and brain cancer occurred after 1989.

Report Part 2, Self-reported morbidity among BNTVA members

In Part 2 that addresses the self-reported morbidity among BNTVA members, Roff ‘s study produced the following findings: (Roff Dec.1997 pp. 21-25)

Dental Problems

136 (13%) of the 1041 sampled reported severe dental problems, many losing all their teeth within 5 years of attending the tests.

Early Hair Loss

113 (11%) reported heavy hair loss whilst still in their twenties after their return from the tests.

Vision Problems

Of the 1041 sampled, 65 (6%) reported cataracts, often before reaching age 40, whilst 93 men claimed other eye problems including dry eyes, loss of tears, iritis and uveitis. Twenty- seven men were reported as suffering from glaucoma.

Noteworthy is that these first three categories are typical of the effects of radiation exposure. They constitute 434 (13%) of the total 3427 reported conditions from a sample of 877 respondents.

Hearing loss and Tinnitus

Many test participants reported discomfort in the ears due to the sound of the atomic explosions. Hearing loss sometimes constituting a major disability was reported by 255 (25%) men. With many the effects were noticed within a decade of returning from the tests. Tinnitus was also a problem although the number who suffered was not given.

Musculo-Skeletal Conditions

Many of those complaining of diseases in this category saw exposure to the atomic explosion as a probable cause. Reported conditions of arthritis, ankylosing, spondylitis, rheumatism, lumber spondylosis, cervical spondylosis, hip degeneration, spinal degeneration, scoliosis, generalised skeletal pain, gout and Raynaud’s disease were given. This category accounted for one fifth of all non-cancer conditions reported.

Skin Conditions

Those reporting skin conditions talked of symptoms immediately following exposure to the bomb such as being “covered with watery blisters”, “white lumps came up on my skin and never went away”. “coral cuts that were healing before the bomb stopped healing. I ended up with coral poisoning” (Roff Dec. 1997 p. 22). Two hundred and sixteen men (21%) were recorded having skin conditions including keratosis, blisters, warts, moles (often in large numbers), boils and rodent ulcers. There were 96 (9%) who reported dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis and 51 (5%) with nail problems (eg brittleness). 8 of the 24 cancers reported in this category were melanoma or other skin cancers.

Gastrointestinal Conditions

Claims exist that within days of a test many participants experienced “flu-like symptoms” eg diarrhoea, nausea and high temperatures, and with some the diarrhoea persisted when they returned home. Generally problems in this category were persistent diarrhoea, Crohns’ disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, other bowel problems, duodenal ulcers, hernias and coeliac conditions. Unfortunately, the numbers of men reporting these conditions were not given in the report.

Respiratory Conditions

Asthma suffering since returning from the tests was reported by 87 men (8%). A total of 171 (including the 87 above) reported non-cancerous lung conditions.

Heart Conditions

Reports of a spectrum of heart conditions ranging from angina to infarctions were reported by 255 (25%) individuals out of a total of 1041.


Although 262 (25%) collectively reported 363 cancers Roff notes that this “incidence rate as self-reported is not elevated above the general expected UK rate”. However she does consider that these results must be seen together with the mortality figures for cancer in part 1 (Roff Dec. 1997 p. 25)

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