Seascale cancer cluster not due to radiation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:865
  1. Fiona Godlee

    The continued clustering of cancers in children from the village of Seascale in Cumbria remains unexplained, according to the fourth report from the Committee of the Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE). The excess of cases—12 to 15 times the age standardised rate for England and Wales—is unlikely to be due to radiation from the nearby Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, says the report. An unidentified infectious agent introduced by construction workers in the 1950s and spread through untreated sewage may be to blame.

    The committee reviewed all …

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