Death rates from leukaemia are higher than expected in areas around nuclear sites in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7103.309 (Published 02 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:309
  1. Chris Busby, Researchera,
  2. Molly Scott Cato (cato@gn.apc.org), Researchera
  1. a Green Audit (Wales), Aberystwyth SY23 1PU,

    Editor—As a result of the report that a fire at the United States Air Force base at Greenham Common in 1958 may have caused radioactive contamination near Newbury, Green Audit (Wales) has compared the number of deaths from leukaemia in children aged 14 years and younger from 1981 to 1995 in the Newbury area with that within nearby county districts.

    The 1 shows results for the triangular area defined by Oxford, Newbury, and Reading. It is notable that the districts with significantly higher relative risks are those that contain the outfalls for licensed releases of radioisotopes from the nuclear sites at the Atomic …

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