Health statistics from Minamisoma Municipal General
Hospital seems to prove cancers and other health issues
are on the rise in Fukushima.
Ilness 2010 2017
Thyroid Cancer – 1 29
Leukemia – 5 54
Lung cancer – 64 269
Childhood Cancer – 1 4
Pneumonia – 245 974
Myocardial Infarction – 39 155
Liver Cancer – 12 47
Colon Cancer – 131 392
Stomach Cancer 147 333
These staistics were sent anonymously to it was put on the web to a lawyer, Idô Kenichi
井戸 謙一.. This has not as yet been confirmed .
In Japan there are new laws to stop medical staff releasing data on health effects that may be caused by the nuclear disaster. This new controvertial law (Against the supposed new open transparency purported by the nuclear industry post Fukushima disaster) was enacted in late 2013 and threatens to imprison or give huge fines to medical staff. This makes veryfication difficult.
These statisitcs are for a relatively small area covered by the Minamisoma General Hospital within the Fukushima Prefecture.
As we now have the statistics we can challenge the authorities to deny or confirm the figures. If they deny the figures and later it comes to light, then at least we will have someone to hold responsible and to question further. This is the best we can do with whistleblowers from Japans health workers and it is important to publish the claims as we are doing here.
There has been a long fight over health issues caused by radiation and toxicity from the destroyed nuclear plant. The authorities have constantly denied “rumours” of nosebleeds, skin rashes and childrens Thyroid cancers over the past 7 years or so. Some of these “rumours” are slowly being proven true and the nuclear industry also has co-opted the psychological effects, blaming the victims weakness and ignorance instead of the psychological effects of trauma caused by the huge industrial accident and its consequences.
A recent UN report has highlighted how corporations often play down any physical and mental health issues caused by these sorts of industrial contamination, writing off any direct links to toxicity and mental health especuially. Another report has highlighted that micro particles (thought to be harmless until around 10 years ago) can paenetrate the Blood brain Barrier and we can anticipate some mental impacts from these toxins entering the very sensitive brain tissues. The new UN report has highlighted that Fukushima decontamination workers and the local communities concerns are often ignored and should be taken into account instead.
Also, many of the workers at the plant may fall outside regular health checks into the future because of the nature of their contracts and the illegal practises of contractors that has been present in japan for many decades. Thus, skewing the actual health effects to workers toiling in such contaminated environments.
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