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Nuclear test fallout linked to cancer risk

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7104.327e (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:327
  1. Norra MacReady
  1. California

    Nuclear tests conducted by the United States government in the 1950s and 1960s exposed about 160 million people to fallout from radioactive iodine, raising their risk of thyroid cancer, officials of the National Cancer Institute admitted last week.

    Dr Richard Klausner, director of the National Cancer Institute, said 30% of the expected cancers have already been diagnosed. Ninety tests were conducted between 1951 and 1962 at an atomic test site in Nevada. Because the fallout entered the atmosphere, virtually everyone in the United States …

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