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Fukushima Thyroid Examination December 2017: 193 Confirmed/Suspected Thyroid Cancer Cases (No New Cases Reported)

No new data for the second round since the last reportThe third round saw no newly diagnosed cases but an addition of 4 new surgical cases means all 7 cases diagnosed so far have been confirmed as thyroid cancer.Total number of suspected/confirmed thyroid cancer remains the same at 193 (excluding a single case of benign tumor; 115 in the first round, 71 in the second round, and 7 in the third round).Total number of surgically confirmed cancer cases has increased to 158 (101 in the first round, 50 in the second round, and 7 in the third round)The final report of the second round, released at the Eighth Thyroid Examination Assessment Committee held on November 30, 2017, is essentially identical to the last second round report which is available in English on this web page, other than Table 11 showing the regional comparison.Gen Suzuki was selected as chair of the Thyroid Examination Evaluation Subcommittee which convened with new and returning members (information available…
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Fukushima Thyroid Examination October 2017: 193 Thyroid Cancer Suspected or Confirmed (3 Additional Cases)

Only 3 suspected/confirmedcases—all in the third round—were newly diagnosed by cytology since the last report. Total number of suspected/confirmed thyroid cancer = 193 (excluding a single case of benign tumor; 115 in the first round, 71 in the second round, and 7 in the third round).Two additional cases of surgery since the last report, one each in the second and the third round: total number of surgically confirmed cancer cases =154 (101 in the first round, 50 in the second round, and 3 in the third round)The second round screening is nearly complete; the final report to be released at the next Oversight Committee or Thyroid Examination Assessment Committee. A new two-year term begins for newly appointed and returning members of the Oversight Committee as well as the Thyroid Examination Assessment Subcommittee. Surprisingly, Kazuo Shimizu—former Subcommittee Chair—was not even appointed to be on the SubcommitteeOn October 23, 2017, the 28th Oversight Committee for Fukushim…

Circumstances Regarding the Japan-Sponsored IARC Expert Group on Thyroid Monitoring After Nuclear Accidents (TM-NUC)

On October 23-25, 2017, the Expert Group on Thyroid Monitoring after Nuclear Accidents (TM-NUC) met in Lyon, France for the first of two planned sessions (see this PDF for the agenda). The TM-NUC project was established by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in order to "develop strategies and recommendations on how to plan and implement thyroid monitoring in populations possibly affected by radiation exposure due to nuclear accidents." 

The aims of the TM-NUC project are to: 
assess the latest scientific evidence on the epidemiology, natural history, and clinical management of thyroid cancer, to develop principles for thyroid ultrasound examinations after nuclear accidents. This includes reviewing the scientific literature and compiling knowledge and experience from relevant countries.identify unmet research needs and propose epidemiological study designs to address these gaps in knowledge.According to the TM-NUC website
The Expert Group consists of 16 int…