The accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, March 11, 2011 could result in 10,000 more cancer in the Japanese population because of radiation, according to a report by two NGOs published Wednesday in the United States.
The study of these two organizations of doctors campaigning against nuclear energy, "Physicians for social responsibility" (PSR) and "International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War" (FNPI) indicates rely on science and existing medical on children, staff involved in cleaning and relief as well as the general population.
According to the report, 116 children in Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with an aggressive or generalized form of thyroid cancer. In a population of this size normally is recorded from one to five cases per year, the report said.
Among the decontamination of personnel and rescuers, "more than 25,000 suffered the highest doses of radiation with significant risks to their health," according to these NGOs.
Data provided by the operator of the plant, TEPCO, predict that a hundred employees are expected to develop cancer due to excessive doses of radiation they suffered and fifty of these cases would be fatal.
But according to the report, the doses might even have been higher and the personal data may not reflect the employees temporarily hired.
Water and contaminated food
In terms of the overall population in Japan, she was exposed to increased doses of radiation from minor fallout as well as water and contaminated food, say the authors.
They calculated that this resulted in an increased risk of cancer of the whole of Japan from 9600-66 000 cases doses of radioactivity.
"The public health implications of Fukushima will haunt Japan for years and this heritage must not be pushed under the carpet by supporters of nuclear energy," said Dr. Catherine Thomasson, co-editor of the report and director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Robert Alvarez, an expert on energy policies of the Institute for Public Studies and former adviser to the US Department of Energy, the Fukushima disaster has created "de facto areas where human habitation is not long as possible. "
In November 2011, the Japanese Ministry of Science indicated that the cesium, which remains radioactive for about thirty years, had contaminated 30 000 km2 of land in Japan, an almost area the size of Connecticut.
The Japanese government has stopped permanently fourteen of the 54 reactors that were operating in the country before the Fukushima disaster, because they are built on earthquake faults. Since 2015, four reactors were returned to service.