Tsunami 2011 Radiation Causes Cancer Risk in Japanese Infants
The World Health Organization has published a 168-page health risk assessment report. According to this report, Japanese newborns affected by radiation in tsunami 2011, have developed a risk of cancer.
Almost 70% baby girls in the region are found with the risk of thyroid cancer. The organization has warned that the chances of lifetime risk of this disease were 0.75%. According to this report, the boy infants are found to have a 7% risk increase of leukemia in the lifetime, while the female infants were found to have a lifetime 6% risk increase of breast cancer.
Newborns from the most affected area by this radiation have a 4% risk increase of lifetime relative risk. Not only the residents, but one out of three emergency workers during tsunami is also expected to have faced raised risk of disease. These emergency workers would have relatively high risk of thyroid cancer.
According to Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Department of Public Health and the Environment of WHO, this data shows that people from the highly affected area by the radiation have a higher risk of cancer.
The report is made on the basis of analysis in the area where the radiation ranged between 12 to 25 millisieverts. It also included the criteria like age and sex. Tsunami 2011 had destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant that led to the radiation leakage from the plant.
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