Braking News: The Total Number of Confirmed/Suspected of Thyroid Cancer - 90 cases

Seventeen More Confirmed Cases: 50 Fukushima Children with Thyroid Cancer

Fifteenth Prefectural Oversight Committee for Fukushima Health Survey convened on May 19, 2014, releasing the results of the latest thyroid examination. ("Fukushima Health Survey" was formerly called "Fukushima Health Management Survey").

In summary, there were 17 more cancer cases confirmed since the last report on February 7th, 2014. 
The total number of cases confirmed or suspected of cancer is 90. Of these, 51 had surgeries as March 31, 2014 and 1 turned out to be a benign nodule, 49 were confirmed to be papillary thyroid cancer, and 1 still has no confirmed cytological diagnosis but listed as poorly differentiated thyroid cancer. (The total number of cases confirmed or suspected of cancer is often reported as 89 in news report, excluding the case confirmed to be benign).
As usual, no information was offered such as the type of nodules and also details of each surgical case which, as part of regular medical care, are considered beyond the scope of the screening and thus inaccessible to the Health Survey team.
Shinichi Suzuki, who is in charge of thyroid examination, said the single case suspected of poorly differentiate thyroid cancer could not be confirmed yet by consulting pathologists due to the evolving international standard for the guideline for diagnosis of poorly differentiated thyroid cancer.


The chair of the committe Hoshi still denys that cancer cases are related to radiation


Official English translation of the results will be available here soon.


The initial round of thyroid examination finished as of March 31, 2013, although not all the secondary examinations have been completed. The second round of thyroid examination, testing everyone again beginning with areas exposed to higher radiation doses, has already begun, but its results are not available yet.


A summary of the results is provided below:


Total number of children examined as of March 31, 2014: 295,511

Total number of children whose initial examination results are confirmed: 287,056

(Up to the February 21, 2014 examination)


Assessment A1 148,182 (51.6%) (no nodules or cysts found)

Assessment A2 136,804 (47.7%) (nodules 5.0 mm or smaller or cysts 20.0 mm or smaller)

Assessment B 2,069 (0.7%) (nodules 5.1 mm or larger or cysts 20.1 mm or larger)

Assessment C 1 (0.0%) (requiring immediate secondary examination)



Initial examination progress status

Number and proportion of nodules and cysts

Secondary examination includes more detailed thyroid ultrasound, blood and urine tests, and fine-needle aspiration biopsy if warranted.

   2,070 are eligible for secondary examination

   1,754 have actually undergone secondary examination

   1,598 finished the secondary examination

Secondary examination progress status

Summary of fine-needle aspiration biopsy results (as of March 31, 2014)

Read more at Fukushima Voice version 2e


Official Site of Fukushima Health Management Survey







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