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Details of Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Cases Revealed at the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting

On the first day of the 52nd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Clinical Oncology which is being held on August 28 - 30 in Yokohama City, Japan, Shinichi Suzuki, a thyroid surgeon from Fukushima Medical University in charge of the Fukushima thyroid ultrasound examination, presented some details of the surgical cases in a presentation titled "Treatment of childhood thyroid cancer in Fukushima" during the Organ Specific Symposium 03: Up-to-Date Thyroid Cancer Treatment - Thyroid Cancer in Children and Adolescents. Suzuki has consistently declined to reveal these details during sessions of the Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health (Management) Survey as well as the Fukushima Thyroid Examination Expert Subcommittee meetings. 



From the news report, which is the only material available online containing information revealed by Suzuki, Fukushima Medical University operated on 54 of the 57 surgical cases, with 45 meeting the criteria for absolute surgical indi…

First Round of Fukushima Thyroid Examination Complete: Provisional Results Show 57 Confirmed and 46 Suspected Cases of Thyroid Cancer, A Total of 103 Cases.

Sixteenth Prefectural Oversight Committee for Fukushima Health Survey convened on August 24, 2014, releasing the latest results of the thyroid examination, consisting of the near-complete results of the preliminary examination over the last three years, intended to obtain a baseline, as well as the partial results from the regular examination, which will keep track of any changes.

Official English translation of the results are available here.

The initial round of thyroid examination, the preliminary examination, finished as of March 31, 2014. Although not all the examinations have been completed, the provisional results, as of June 30, 2014, were released.The second round of thyroid examination, the regular examination, testing everyone again beginning with areas exposed to higher radiation doses, has already begun.

A summary of the results of the preliminary examination is provided below:

Total number of children examined as of June 30, 2014: 296,026
Total number of children whose initi…

A Surprising Disclosure During the Ninth Session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting

A Surprising Disclosure During the Ninth Session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting
A Surprising Disclosure During the Ninth Session of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting
Shigenobu Nagataki appeared to be low-keyed during the ninth session of the Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Health Management of Residents Following the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident held on August 5th, 2014. Perhaps he was still reeling from the aftermath of the last sessioniii, held on July 16th, when he was bombarded with five outspoken expert witnesses.
During the ninth session, Nagataki's demeanor was hesitant yet assertive, trying to build a consensus as a chairman. At one point he reiterated the purpose of the Expert Meeting as the place for experts to seriously consider what is really the best way to manage the health of those who were affected by the disaster, as if he were trying to remind himself. He also made a few statements suggestive of…

Questioning the Very Status of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Disaster Victims' Health Management

Questioning the Very Status of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Disaster Victims' Health Management

Questioning the Very Status of the Ministry of the Environment Expert Meeting Regarding the Status of Disaster Victims' Health Management
It might have been a slip of a tongue, but Chairman Shigenobu Nagataki, an emeritus professor at Nagasaki University, a former chairman of Radiation Effects Research Foundation, and a mentor to infamous Shunichi Yamashita, appeared to be speaking earnestly when he said, "Committee members, please do not hesitate to ask questions. Given what was just stated, it will be disastrous for this committee to have to conclude that there is an actual increase in thyroid cancer [due to the Fukushima accident]." Toshihide Tsuda, a physician and an epidemiologist at Okayama University, has just emphatically stated that in certain Fukushima municipalities there was a clear evidence of a thyroid cancer epidemic i…