WHO: Small cancer risk after Fukushima accident
2/28/2013 9:30:51 AM
(AP) WHO: Small cancer risk after Fukushima accident
A new report from the World Health Organization says people exposed to the highest doses of radiation during the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011 may have a slightly higher risk of cancer that is so small it probably won't be detectable.
Experts assessed the risk of various cancers based on estimates of how much radiation people at the epicenter of the nuclear disaster received.
The report released Thursday says experts calculated that for those most hit by the radiation after Fukushima, their chances of cancer would rise by about 1 percent.
Richard Wakeford of the University of Manchester, one of the report's authors, comments that "it's more important not to start smoking than having been in Fukushima."