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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Increase in leukemia in babies who were in utero with 5 km of the NPP's at the time of tritium release spikes

Everyone should be aware of the excellent work being done by Dr Ian Fairlie in the UK.

Last year Dr Ian Fairlie published a study clearly linking spikes in Tritium - released during the annual refuelling of UK NPP's - with an increase in Leukemia in babies who were in utero within 5 km of the NPP's at the time of the Tritium release spikes.

 Over 60 studies worldwide on increased cancers near nuclear power plants (NPPs).
German government KiKK study provides very strong evidence.
Hypothesis proposes cancers arise in pregnant women near NPPs.
Nuclide spikes during refuelling could result in increased exposures.
Explanation offered for discrepancy between small dose estimates and large risks.

A hypothesis to explain childhood cancers near nuclear power plants

Over 60 epidemiological studies world-wide have examined cancer incidences in children near nuclear power plants (NPPs): most of them indicate leukemia increases. 
These include the 2008 KiKK study commissioned by the German Government which found relative risks (RR) of 1.6 in total cancers and 2.2 in leukemias among infants living within 5 km of all German NPPs. The KiKK study has retriggered the debate as to the cause(s) of these increased cancers. 
A suggested hypothesis is that the increased cancers arise from radiation exposures to pregnant women near NPPs. 
However any theory has to account for the >10,000 fold discrepancy between official dose estimates from NPP emissions and observed increased risks. 
An explanation may be that doses from spikes in NPP radionuclide emissions are significantly larger than those estimated by official models which are diluted through the use of annual averages. 
In addition, risks to embryos/fetuses are greater than those to adults and haematopoietic tissues appear more radiosensitive in embryos/fetuses than in newborn babies. 
The product of possible increased doses and possible increased risks per dose may provide an explanation.

Two days ago this chilling 'study' was published and is being widely reported in UK newspapers: 

No increased risk of cancer for children living near Sellafield or Dounrea
Children, teenagers and young adults living near two British nuclear power stations since the 1990s are not at an increased risk of developing cancer, according to a detailed analysis of decades of data by Oxford University researchers.

Ian Fairlie picked it apart beautifully on his blog:  

Childhood Leukemias Near Nuclear Power Stations: 482 downloads

Childhood Leukemias Near Nuclear Power Stations: new article

All my personal gratitude to Nausicaa Weeps for her informations.
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