UNSCEAR finds cancer rise from Fukushima “inconceivable”

I hadn’t looked up anything on Fukushima for a while so went back to The Hiroshima Syndrome blog where the Monday and Thursday detailed updates continue. He reports what The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Asahi Shimbun among others did not – good news about Fukushima.

“A UN official says a Fukushima accident cancer rise is “inconceivable”. Malcolm Crick, secretary of the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), said there should be no rise in the rate of cancer occurrences stemming from the accident. His panel has studied the data on radioactive substances released into the atmosphere, ocean and rivers, their effects on food, and human exposures. He added that the incidence of thyroid cancer among Fukushima children greatly differs from the Chernobyl case. In Fukushima, the use of more sensitive diagnostic procedures has found tiny thyroid anomalies that have actually reduced the possibility of future thyroid cancer morbidity, no matter what the cause.”

That was November 17th and The New York Times ran two stories related to Fukushima due to the recent earthquake, so they must have had room for at least a couple of sentences. Gee, I wonder why they didn’t report this…

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