February 28, 2013 / 9:32 AM / in 5 years

Cancer risks higher in worst hit Fukushima area-WHO

GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - People in the area worst contaminated by radioactive material released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident two years ago have a higher risk of developing certain cancers over their lifetime, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

“This health risk assessment concludes that no discernible increase in health risks from the Fukushima event is expected outside Japan. With respect to Japan, this assessment estimates that the lifetime risk for some cancers may be somewhat elevated above base-line rates in certain age and sex groups that were in the areas most affected,” the U.N. agency said in 200-page report.

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