Thursday, March 17, 2011

Even low levels of nuclear fallout can cause cancer

Projections of worldwide casualties from fallout suggest that the U.S. figures are highly underestimated. In 1996, the International Commission on Radiation Protection projected that 2,350,000 cancer cases would occur from fallout [of US Cold War Nuclear testing], half of them fatal. In 2003, the European Committee on Radiation Risk (formed by a panel of the European Parliament) issued a report stating that risk had been highly understated. Their estimates of 123,200,000 cancer cases (half of them fatal), 1,600,000 infant deaths, and 1,900,000 fetal deaths from fallout far exceeded any prior projections.


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