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Kristen Eisenberg kristen.eisenberg at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 6 11:45:39 CDT 2011

[ RadSafe ] " Nuclear stations 'do not cause child cancer': Independent scien tists rule out link with disease clusters "

Nuclear stations 'do not cause child cancer': Independent scientists rule
out link with disease clusters
The Guardian (UK)
10 June 2005
Sarah Boseley Health editor 

Nuclear power stations were yesterday cleared of any responsibility for
childhood cancers in Britain by a high-level team of independent scientists.

The verdict from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the
Environment (Comare) is unequivocal. It looked at an area within a 25- mile
radius of all the main nuclear power stations and found there were no more
cancer cases than would have been expected. 

The committee looked at 21 sites, which included 13 power stations and 15
other nuclear installations. They found, as they have done in earlier
reports, that there were clusters of excess leukaemias and non-Hodgkin's
lymphomas near the reprocessing plants of Sellafield and Dounreay and the
atomic weapons establishment of Burghfield. There were also slightly more
other sorts of childhood cancers around Aldermaston, Burghfield and Harwell.

But Bryn Bridges, chairman of Comare, said the reasons for the increases
were not clear. At Dounreay, the numbers rose around 1980, but have not been
exceptional since. He said the "blip" coincided with the birth of the North
Sea oil industry, in nearby Thurso. One scientific theory is that the
population mixing caused by the arrival of a migrant workforce into a
previously remote and isolated community can lead to the transfer of new
viruses which may play a part in cancer. A similar process could have taken
place in Sellafield in Cumbria, he said. 

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