Update: The current suspected cases sit at 39, with the previous total being 41. Some suspected cases had been moved to confirmed cases, creating the decrease. The original news source was a bit vague on this.
There is now a total of 50 confirmed thyroid cancer among children in Fukushima prefecture. Another 39 new suspected cases of thyroid cancer were also admitted. Previous testing had found 41 suspected cases and 33 confirmed. The 50 cases are confirmed to be thyroid cancer, not lumps. The suspected cases that now would total 80 are normally set for biopsy tests to confirm or rule out cancer. This puts a new total of 130 in the confirmed or suspect cases yet the government insists there is no connection to the nuclear disaster. Thyroid cancer in children is usually extremely rare.
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