NHK: Nuclear commission erases children's exposure data
[excerpted] Japan's nuclear watchdog has been found to have erased from its website, data on the results of thyroid checkups for children in Fukushima Prefecture.
The Nuclear Safety Commission had uploaded the test results carried out by the government in March. More than 1,000 children aged 15 or younger were checked to see whether radioactive substances are accumulating in their thyroid.
The results included information that showed a 4-year-old infant in Iwaki City was exposed to 35 millisieverts of radiation. This amount is not considered a health threat.
But the commission removed all the data earlier this month...
Professor emeritus Hirotada Hirose of Tokyo Woman's Christian University says the commission cannot escape blame that it removed the data fearing a negative reaction to children's exposure. He said the move runs counter to providing accurate information to the public.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:24 +0900 (JST)
MAJIA HERE: Numerous sources are to be thanked for getting this disgusting tale of censorship out. Thank you NHK for reporting on it and thank you everyone at Enews and other sites (e.g., http://fukushima-diary.com/category/dnews/ ) and individuals (e.g., xdrfox, whoopie) for disseminating the story.
I AM SICKENED BY THE STATEMENT THAT 35 Millisieverts of Radiation is NOT a health risk for a 4 year old. The average US dose is 6 millisieverts and cancer derives from that dose alone.
Although this dose of 35 millisieverts will not cause radiation sickness, IT WILL GREATLY INCREASE CHILDREN'S RISK OF CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES
This is not the first instance of evidence of poisoning being trivialized.
The tragically named Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation took samples from 10 elementary through high-school children. Analysis ran by an independent French research organization detected cesium-134, of up to 1.13 becquerels per liter in their urine.
The organization stated that children living 60 kilometers from the plan suffer from internal radiation exposure. When reporting on this news, NHK reassured readers that “The Japanese non-profit Radiation Effects Research Foundation says no health problems due to such radiation levels have been reported, and that people should not be overly concerned” (NHK Radiation Detected http://www3nhk.or.jp/daily/english/30_35.html).
Likewise, on July 6 the Japanese press Kyodo reported that in a March survey of 1,080 children aged 0 to 15 in Iwaki, Kawamata, and Iitate 45% of kids in Fukushima survey had thyroid exposure to radiation (“45%,” 2011, http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110705p2g00m0dm079000c.html).
THE EVIDENCE OF POISONING:
“increased risk of cancer has been identified among long term survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs, who received exposures of 10 to 100 millisieverts (mSv)” http://www.umdnj.edu/opengweb/CT2.pdf
"The radiation protection community conservatively assumes that any amount of radiation may pose some risk for causing cancer and hereditary effect, and that the risk is higher for higher radiation exposures. A linear, no-threshold (LNT) dose response relationship is used to describe the relationship between radiation dose and the occurrence of cancer. This dose-response hypothesis suggests that any increase in dose, no matter how small, results in an incremental increase in risk. NRC http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/bio-effects-radiation.html
“The U.S. National Academy of Sciences BEIR VII report estimates that each 1 mSv of radiation is associated with an increased risk of solid cancer (cancers other than leukemia) of about 1 in 10,000; an increased risk of leukemia of about 1 in 100,000; and a 1 in 17,500 increased risk of dying from cancer. But a critical factor is that not everyone faces the same level of risk. For infants (under 1 year of age) the radiation-related cancer risk is 3 to 4 times higher than for adults; and female infants are twice as susceptible as male infants.” http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/3595
"Aren't children more sensitive to radiation than adults? Yes, because children are growing more rapidly, there are more cells dividing and a greater opportunity for radiation to disrupt the process. EPA's radiation protection standards take into account the differences in the sensitivity due to age and gender." http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/health_effects.html#children
"Children are considerably more sensitive to radiation than adults, as demonstrated in epidemiologic studies of exposed populations. Children also have a longer life expectancy than adults, resulting in a larger window of opportunity for expressing radiation damage." http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes/radiation/radiation-risks-pediatric-CT
Radiation and pregnancy http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/prenatal.asp
CT SCANS IN CHILDHOOD AND SUBSEQUENT CANCER RELATED DEATHS http://www.columbia.edu/~djb3/papers/ajr1.pdf
RESULTS. The larger doses and increased lifetime radiation risks in children produce a sharp increase, relative to adults, in estimated risk from CT. Estimated lifetime cancer mortality risks attributable to the radiation exposure from a CT in a 1-year-old are 0.18% (abdominal) and 0.07% (head)—an order of magnitude higher than for adults—although those figures still represent a small increase in cancer mortality over the natrual background rate. In the United States, of approximately 600,000 abdominal and head CT examinations annually performed in children under the age of 15 years, a rough estimate is that 500 of these individuals might ultimately die from cancer attributable to the CT radiation."