The risk of cancer for children of Chernobyl

Residents of Belarus, the age of majority at the time of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, have a 15 times greater risk of getting cancer of the thyroid gland.

The information was head of the Department of Radiation Hygiene and Epidemiology of the International University Professor Sakharov Alexei Oceans at a conference on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

He stressed that the association of thyroid cancer and radiation exposure from the Chernobyl disaster proved scientifically. The number of cases of thyroid cancer in children in comparison to-Chernobyl period increased by 200 times.

According to Akiyanava, a surge of thyroid disease could affect what in Belarus little natural iodine. In-Chernobyl period was not conducted iodine prophylaxis, and the public has a lack of iodine in the body. Thus thyroid arranged so that absorbs any iodine which is therefore the accumulation of radioiodine was significant. Iodine hit, the scientist said that engulfed the entire population of Belarus. The increased incidence of cancer in Belarus began four years later, and in the Ukraine and Russia on two years later as there wasand less radiation dose.

Oceans said that examines the relationship between radiation contamination and disease other forms of cancer. For example, doctors have found that often develop breast cancer in areas of Belarus, where higher levels of radiation. In Belarus, the incidence of breast cancer in the last 10 years has increased by 1.5 times. In this disease in the Gomel region increased from 1970 to 2004 was 3.7 times.

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