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Exposure to radiation after Chornobyl increases risk of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents

ator. "If radioactive iodine gets into the food chain, as was the case in Chornobyl, children and adolescents accumulate large amounts of radioactive iodines in their glands. This exposes the thyroid tissues to the radiation which in turn, increases the chance of getting thyroid cancer and other diseases of the thyroid gland later in life."

The researchers estimate that 75% of the thyroid cancer cases would have been avoided in the absence of radiation. "This estimate demonstrates a substantial contribution of radioactive iodines to the excess of thyroid cancer that followed the Chornobyl accident," observed Dr. Howe.


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Contact: Stephanie Berger
sb2247@columbia.edu
212-305-4372
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
5-Jul-2006


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