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  • Childhood cancer near German nuclear power stations.

    Author(s) : Fairlie, I.

    Author Email : ianfairlie@gmail.com

    Journal article : Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews 2010 Vol.28 No.1/4 pp.1-21 ref.62

    Abstract : In 2008, the Kinderkrebs in der Umgebung von Kernkraftwerken (KiKK) study in Germany reported a 60% increase in solid cancers and a 120% increase in leukemias among children living within 5 km of all German nuclear power stations. The study has triggered debates as to the cause(s) of these increased cancers. This article reports on the findings of the KiKK study; discusses past and more recent epidemiological studies of leukemias near nuclear installations around the world, and outlines a possible biological mechanism to explain the increased cancers. This suggests that the observed high rates of infant leukemias may be a teratogenic effect from radionuclides incorporated by pregnant women living near nuclear reactors. Doses and risks from environmental emissions to embryos and fetuses may be larger than suspected. Hematopoietic tissues appear to be considerably more radiosensitive in embryos/fetuses than in newborn babies. Recommendations for advice to local residents and for further research are made.

    ISSN : 1059-0501

    DOI : 10.1080/10590500903585366

    Record Number : 20113025171

    Publisher : Taylor & Francis Group

    Location of publication : Philadelphia

    Country of publication : USA

    Language of text : English

    Language of summary : English

    Indexing terms for this abstract:

    Organism descriptor(s) : man

    Descriptor(s) : childhood diseases, children, congenital abnormalities, epidemiology, exposure, human diseases, infants, leukaemia, neonates, neoplasms, nuclear energy, nuclear power stations, radioactivity

    Identifier(s) : birth defects, blood cancer, cancers, congenital malformations, leucaemia, leukemia, newborn infants, nuclear power plants

    Geographical Location(s) : Germany

    Broader term(s) : Homo, Hominidae, primates, mammals, vertebrates, Chordata, animals, eukaryotes, Developed Countries, European Union Countries, OECD Countries, Western Europe, Europe