No increase in cancer levels after Fukushima nuclear accident: UNListen /
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident and the resulting exposure to radiation is not expected to lead to discernable changes in future cancer rates in Japan.
A new report issued by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) also confirms that no increases in the rates of birth defects are expected.
According to the study, the expected low impact on cancer rates of the population can be attributed to the prompt protective actions taken by Japanese authorities following the accident.
However, the report does warn about a "theoretical" possibility that the risk of thyroid cancer among the group of children most exposed to radiation could increase.
The situation needs to be followed closely and further assessed in the future, the report adds.
Thyroid cancer is a rare disease among young children, and their normal risk is very low.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.