February 28th, 2013
04:58 AM ET

Report: Fukushima's health impact limited

The lifetime risk of contracting certain types of cancer rose only slightly for a small group of people, due to exposure to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Otherwise, any increase in human disease in the wake of the partial meltdown triggered by the March 2011 tsunami is "likely to remain below detectable levels," according to the report.

People exposed in childhood in towns close to the Daiichi power plant are slightly more likely to contract leukemia, breast or thyroid cancer in the course of their lives than the general population, the WHO said.


Filed under: 2011 tsunami • Health • Japan
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  1. Rascal Rabble

    ....tell that to the wave of fish kill and dolphins washing ashore...

    February 28, 2013 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I don't believe this WHO report at all.
    What is likely is that cancer caused by this radiation will be attributed to unknown causes.
    "We just can't say what caused that. It might have been the radiation, but then, it might have been something he ate. It might have been genetic. We just can't say. We're still working on it, every day, racing for the cure...but we just can't say."

    February 28, 2013 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |