The second case of suspected pediatric thyroid cancer found, reports Kyodo News

Following the first case of pediotric thyroid cancer in September, Kyodo News on November 17 reported that the second case of suspected pediotric thyroid cancer was found.


Case of thyroid cancer to be determined in Fukushima- One child to be subjected to secondary examination


Primary examinations of the thyroid glands of some 360,000 people under the age of 18 years have been conducted by Fukushima Prefecture, with the purpose to investigate the effect of radiation from the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). One of the findings of this survey is a case of suspected cancer. Sources say on the 17th this case "requires immediate secondary examination."

The results of this secondary examination will be reported to the Review committee of the prefectural health management survey, which will convene on December 18.


Although Fukushima Medical University, which has been conducting the survey, expresses the opinion that the probability of a connection between this case and the Fukushima Daiichi accident is low, citing "At least four years passed after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident before the first discovery of related thyroid cancer was made," the university will conduct the necessary blood and cell tests to determine whether it is a case of cancer.

17/11/2012 20:41 Kyodo News

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