Doctors in Japan have carried out thyroid examinations on children who were under the age of 18 when the massive tsunami struck off the coast of north-east Japan in 2011. The study revealed that abnormal growths were found in large numbers on the thyroids of children living in the Fukushima Prefecture.
From The Telegraph:
The Sixth Report of Fukushima Prefecture Health Management Survey, released in April, included examinations of 38,114 children, of whom 35.3 percent – some 13,460 children – were found to have cysts or nodules of up to 5 mm (0.197 inches) on their thyroids.
A further 0.5 percent, totalling 186 youngsters, had nodules larger than 5.1 mm (0.2 inches). A study by the Japan Thyroid Association in 2001 found that zero percent of children in the city of Nagasaki had nodules and only 0.8 percent had cysts on their thyroids.
Doctors who are conducting the study have denied that there’s an actual link between the growths and the area that suffered a nuclear crisis following the tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011.
Naomi Takagi, a professor at Fukushima University Medical School Hospital, said the lumps found on the children’s thyroids aren’t the same as cancer. She also said that the true effects of radiation exposure will be seen after four or five years.