Nearly 36% of Fukushima children diagnosed with abnormal thyroid groWhatsSubmitted by Bob-45 on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 09:37
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.
By Julian Ryall in Tokyo6:14AM BST 19 Jul 2012
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.