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Global cancer risk from Fukushima is low, says WHO

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1390 (Published 01 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1390
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The risk to the world’s population of developing cancer after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan is low, and no observable increase in cancer incidence above the baseline is expected, the World Health Organization has said.

WHO looked at the risks to the general population in the Fukushima area, the rest of Japan, and the rest of the world and the risks to the power plant and emergency workers who entered the plant after the March 2011 incident.1 The disaster occurred when a tsunami, triggered by a huge undersea earthquake, …

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