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Fukushima Thyroid Examination: 112 Children Suspected (28 Cases) or Confirmed (84 Cases) with Thyroid Cancer--108 from Initial Screening and 4 from Full-Scale Screening

The Seventeenth Prefectural Oversight Committee convened in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, on December 25, 2014, releasing the latest results of thyroid examination, consisting of Initial Screening or the first-round (originally scheduled to be conducted from October 2011 to March 2014, but actually still ongoing) and Full-Scale Screening or the second-round (beginning April 2014).

An official English translation of the results is available here.

Initial Screening targeted about 368,000 individuals who were age 18 and younger, residing in Fukushima Prefecture at the time of the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident on March 11, 2011. About 80% of those eligible have undergone the primary ultrasound examination, either in Fukushima Prefecture or in other prefectures where they have relocated to. Full-Scale Screening, to be conducted every 2 years until age 20 and every 5 years after age 20, additionally targets those who were born in the first year after th…

Fukushima Thyroid Examination: Four Suspected of Cancer in Second Screening--These Children Had Normal Exam Results in First Screening

As with some of the previous committee meetings, thyroid cancer information was apparently leaked to the media the day before the 17th Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey, scheduled for December 25, 2014. Since the English edition of the Kyodo news article contained very little information, just as the online Japanese news articles, all based on the same Kyodo post, the paper edition of the Fukushima Minyu post was transcribed and translated as below. (See below the translation for the actual images of the post in the paper edition).

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From the December 24, 2014 article in the paper edition of Fukushima Minyu. (The online edition only includes the first three paragraphs and the first sentence of the fourth paragraph).

Thyroid Examination: Four Suspected of Cancer in Second Screening--These Children Had Normal Exam Results in First Screening

In the thyroid examination conducted in all children in Fukushima Prefecture in order to investigate …

Details of Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Surgical Cases

This is a compilation of the most current information on Fukushima thyroid cancer surgical cases from 3 different sources (screenshots of the abstracts for 2 & 3 can be seen in this post):  November 11, 2014Thyroid Examination Evaluation Subcommittee meetingNovember 14, 2014 Japan Thyroid Association meetingAugust 28, 2014 Japan Society of Clinical Oncology meeting

Due to the span of the time amongst these 3 sources, they have different numbers for the cases of thyroid cancer. For clarification, the most updated summary of the thyroid cancer cases is presented first. 

Summary of Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Cases as of November 29 by Yuri Hiranuma ******************************************************************************************************** Summary of Fukushima thyroid cancer cases as of November 2014
Number of cases suspected or confirmed of thyroid cancer = 104 Cases that had surgery = 58 Cases confirmed of thyroid cancer = 57 (1 of 58 turned out to be benign nodules)
55 of 58 case…

A Letter Hand-delivered to the UN and UNSCEAR, Requesting Revision of UNSCEAR Report And a New UN Mandate for UNSCEAR

On October 24, 2014, at the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly being held in New York City, representatives from Physicians for Social Responsibility (USA) and Human Rights Now (Tokyo, Japan) hand-delivered a letter to the chairperson of the 4th Committee and the Secretary of UNSCEAR.  The letter, co-signed by 43 civil society groups from 9 countries, including 21 Japanese groups, requested revision of the 2014 UNSCEAR report on Fukushima accident as well as a new UN mandate for UNSCEAR.


Date: 24 October 2014
To: Members of the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly 69th Session, Members of UNSCEAR, and Members of the UN General Assembly:

Re:Civil Society groups request revision of the recent United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) Report: “Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami.”

The 2011 Fukushima disaster made UN oversight of the adverse effects of …