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Nuclear Disasters ‘Fukushima’ Not Likely To Increase Cancer Risk


When something as serious as the Fukushima nuclear disaster takes place on our planet, it sends plenty of people into an uproar. Whenever you think of nuclear waste or energy, of course you think of radioactive materials plaguing our earth, but it seems as if this may not increase the risk of developing cancers within the body. The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power incident is something that isn’t going to affects the number of people contracting cancer, so were we jumping the gun on these predicaments?
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (known simply as UNSCEAR) had stated that the scientists looking into the matter found evidence regarding an increased risk of developing cancer or birth defects (pertaining to the nuclear accident that happen in Japan during 2011, respectively).

During March 11, 2011, there was a magnitude-9 earthquake that shook the very foundations of North-Eastern Japan. There were nearly 18,000 causalities, while most of those deaths were due to drowning. The earthquake (mixed with a tsunami) came right after there was a level 7 nuclear meltdown which was originally caused by a power outage of the Fukushima Daiichi plant (which happens to be run by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or simply known as TEPCO).

“People are rightly concerned about the impact on their health and their off springs health,” stated Carl-Magnus Larsson, whom is the head chair at UNSCEAR. “Based on this assessment, however, the Committee does not expect significant changes in future cancer statistics that could be attributed to radiation exposures (from the Fukushima incident). F this is the case, it means that we don’t really have much to worry about; apparently the swift-actions of the Japanese authorities allowed for a rather controlled environment.

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