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Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima

 
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Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
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A few days ago we reported that 36 percent of Fukushima children have abnormal thyroid growths likely from radiation exposure, based on the "Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey."
We got in touch with Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott, who has spoken about the growths, to ask her about the implications of the study.
After confirming the validity of the report, Caldicott reinforced the alarming nature of the findings:
1. "It is extremely rare to find cysts and thyroid nodules in children."
2. "This is an extremely large number of abnormalities to find in children."
3. "You would not expect abnormalities to appear so early — within the first year or so — therefore one can assume that they must have received a high dose of [radiation]."
4. "It is impossible to know, from what [officials in Japan] are saying, what these lesions are."
Doctors worry about these abnormal growths because some of them could become cancerous.
When asked why these results haven't been widely reported, Calidcott noted that Japanese officials are not sharing ultrasound results with foremost experts of thyroid nodules in children and accused the media of "practicing psychic numbing," saying that she doesn't understand why media outlets are choosing to ignore the nuclear fallout.
Caldicott explained that the high rate of abnormal growths in Fukushima children is very unusual — it usually takes five to 70 years to see what the medical implications of radiation are — and insisted that the international medical community become involved.
"The data should be made available. And they should be consulting with international experts ASAP. And the lesions on the ultrasounds should all be biopsied and they're not being biopsied. And if they're not being biopsied then that's ultimate medical irresponsibility. Because if some of these children have cancer and they're not treated they're going to die."
We also spoke with Dr. Bryan Haugen, president-elect of the American Thyroid Association and head of endocrinology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who hadn't heard of the report before we contacted him.
Haugen agreed with the Caldicott's assessment that it is surprising for kids to "have this many nodules and cysts seen, especially this soon after the accident," and the fact that "this something that is not more widely known."
He added that cysts (i.e. small sacs of fluid) smaller than 2 centimeters do not need to be biopsied, but that  solid nodules (i.e. clumps of cells) larger than 5 to 10 millimeters should be biopsied. 
After Chernobyl, Haugen notes, radiation physicists calculated the radiation risk to children by measuring exposure and then finding out how many kids had nodules and how many had cancer. Chernobyl children were found to have a lot of solid nodules, but the Fukushima results reveal a lot more cysts so "it's a bit different."
The New York Academy of Sciences estimates that nearly one million people around the world have died from exposure to radiation released by the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor.
Haugen said that he hasn't read and heard about specific data on the Fukushima radiation risk or about comparisons between Fukushima and Chernobyl.
If a nuclear disaster occurred in the U.S., Dr. Haugen said the American Thyroid Association would "want to get this information out ... in a few different venues to let people know whats going on ... [and] appropriately critique the data. If it's not widely available, it's hard to review and critique." 


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Re: Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
It took 4 years for this to start showing up at Chernobyl and it dramatically increased for 10 years.
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Re: Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
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Wow, sounds like legitimate radiation DOOM instead of the usual Fuku hysteria seen here.
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Wow, sounds like legitimate radiation DOOM instead of the usual Fuku hysteria seen here.
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Perhaps I should have said "BREAKING DOOM!!!!!!!!!" in the title to get some attention.
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Very sad. Why didn't they issue warnings to these children's parents? These kids were sacrificed just so they could save their own arses. So fucking evil.

Fuck people.
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Re: Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
Please download the Original File
from the Prefecture of Fukushima
and compare her with other International
Data Sets!

You can find the Web-Site via Fukushima-Voice/
in the Report at Enenews!

Regards

I have the File but the Web Ad is not
easy to see on a IPhone,
somehow: www.pref.fukushima.......ri/240426shiryou.pdf
G.Y.!B.E.
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Re: Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
Hi Atom Boy. What's your reasoning this time? Why this is not serious at all?
the mighty Atom

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Re: Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
Hi Atom Boy. What's your reasoning this time? Why this is not serious at all?
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The Study is a serious one but the Conclusion
is different, you need to read, the Ad is:
www.pref.fukushima.jp/imu/kenkourokanri/240426shiryou.pdf

Today is Friday again, let us hope the Police is peaceful today!
G.Y.!B.E.
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bump ernickle toast
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Re: Abnormal thyroid growths found in children of Fukushima
After a nodule is found during a physical examination, a referral to an endocrinologist, a thyroidologist or otolaryngologist may occur. Most commonly an ultrasound is performed to confirm the presence of a nodule, and assess the status of the whole gland. Measurement of thyroid stimulating hormone and anti-thyroid antibodies will help decide if there is a functional thyroid disease such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis present, a known cause of a benign nodular goiter.[3] Fine needle biopsy for histopathology is also used.[4][5]

Thyroid nodules are extremely common in young adults and children. Almost 50% of people have had one, but they are usually only detected by a GP during the course of a health examination, or through a different affliction.


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Study finds lifetime thyroid doses of radiation in Fukushima children
[link to ajw.asahi.com]

[snip]

Children in Fukushima Prefecture likely received thyroid gland doses of internal radiation, despite earlier government assurances that the levels of such doses were zero, according to an independent study.

The estimated lifetime radiation doses among the children are still low, but they do exist, the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) said at an international symposium in Chiba Prefecture on July 10.

The findings run counter to the government’s assertion that they effectively received zero thyroid gland doses.

However, the government has no plans to notify the children’s parents of the latest analysis results, citing their large error margins and the fear of causing anxiety.

"Researchers derived them for scientific purposes," a government source said. "We have no plan, now or in the future, to notify individuals of their doses."
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Victims of French nuclear tests see hope in cancer link finding
[link to www.france24.com]

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The epidemiologist said France’s nuclear tests may have taken their toll on local populations as well. “Thanks to recent studies, we are now certain that small doses of radiation can seriously affect the thyroids of young children, causing cancers or other illnesses,” he added.
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Asahi: Now almost 100,000 Fukushima kids with thyroid problems, parents concerned — Whether that’s “alarmingly high” it’s difficult to say
[link to enenews.com]
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