[ RadSafe ] FW: Cancer and birth defects in Iraq: the nuclear legacy

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Wed May 22 20:01:52 CDT 2013

May 22

         This assessment of cancer in Iraq was published in Medicine, 
Conflict, and Survival (MCS); which is an official journal of Medact, 
and IPPNW (the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War).

         Wikipedia link to Medact:


         Wikipedia link to IPPNW:


         I read about two-thirds of the MCS article and skimmed the 
balance of it.  I found it to be a somewhat jumbled mess.  Increases 
in cancer are noted, and then tacitly attributed to depleted 
uranium.  And DU doesn't merely cause cancer:  "The fine Uranium 
particles damages the neuromuscular system and the nerves, and there 
is no treatment for it. Uranium impacts on dental health, resulting 
in the crumbling of the teeth."

         And so it goes.  I would not give the MCS article a whole 
lot of credence.

Steven Dapra

At 08:01 AM 5/22/2013, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I thought this may be of interest.
>B. R. Scott
>LRRI, Albuquerque, NM, USA
>From: Alan Crompton [mailto:A331221694 at distribution.cision.com]
>Sent: Wed 5/22/2013 6:10 AM
>To: Scott, Bobby
>Subject: Cancer and birth defects in Iraq: the nuclear legacy
>Cancer and birth defects in Iraq: the nuclear legacy
>Assessing the impact of depleted uranium pollution on the 
>environment and public health
>Ten years after the Iraq war of 2003 a team of scientists based in 
>Mosul, northern Iraq, have detected high levels of uranium 
>contamination in soil samples at three sites in the province of 
>Nineveh which, coupled with dramatically increasing rates of 
>childhood cancers and birth defects at local hospitals, highlight 
>the ongoing legacy of modern warfare to civilians in conflict zones.


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