Annual Report; Health

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The Fukushima Health Survey continues. There are 236 pediatric thyroid cancers to date in children from Fukushima. 18 cases were added during the most recent reporting period. (85)

Some independent non-profit groups have been providing thyroid screenings. These do not show up in the official health survey as they are for the benefit of the exposed children and their families. As this data isn’t published, it is unclear how many thyroid cancers are known but not officially counted. Iwaki Mother’s Lab is one such citizen group providing thyroid screening.(86)

Independent research of the health outcomes of those exposed is lacking. Government agencies have tied up most funding and research opportunities. The available studies are tied to the government health study causing a significant lack of transparency. One of the government tied academic studies was plagued with scientific misconduct and data manipulation. The data manipulation made community exposures appear lower than they actually were. Despite multiple complaints by other academic researchers the pair were absolved of any wrongdoing by Fukushima Medical University and University of Tokyo. Fukushima Medical University runs the government health study. (87)

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