Some Hiroshima Survivors at Thyroid Cancer Risk

"The fact that radiation exposure is associated with thyroid cancer is well known and not news," he noted. "But now, as research technology has caught up with scientific expectations, they're now able to identify the specific chromosomal anomaly that causes the cancer. And, indeed, this is exactly what you would expect."

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For more about radiation and its impact on health, visit the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

SOURCES: Kiyohiro Hamatani, Ph.D., chief, laboratory of cell biology, department of radiobiology/molecular epidemiology, Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), Hiroshima, Japan; Alfred I. Neugut, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and epidemiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and co-director of cancer prevention, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City; Sept. 1, 2008, Cancer Research

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