The New York Times reported yesterday:
In an effort to track the long-term health effects of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan has begun a survey of local children for thyroid abnormalities, a problem associated with exposure to radiation.
The study comes in response to concerns over the health consequences of the serious radiation leaks caused by multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in March. Japanese officials hope to study about 360,000 children who were under 18 at the time of the accident and track their health through their lifetimes, according to Fukushima Prefecture officials.
The New York Times spelled out what the studies will entail:
On Sunday, the first day of the Fukushima study, more than 100 children were tested. Specific test results will not be made public, according to Fukushima Prefecture. But the children, who will be tested every two years until they turn 20 and every five years after that, will receive further care if doctors discover abnormalities.
There are two things to remember whenever you hear pro-nuker’s argue that no one was killed by the Fukushima meltdowns:
1. The timeframe for cancer deaths from radiation exposure will be measured in decades. Except in cases of extreme exposure, deaths from Fukushima will take time to fully measure.
2. Cancers do not come with a label, saying: “Caused by Fukushima accident, March 2011.” Statistical anomalies will not be causally linked to the accident, but will eventually show a significant increase in excess mortality, as Chernobyl has illustrated.