Tokyo (dpa) - Six more young people from Fukushima prefecture in
Japan have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer since Japan's worst
nuclear accident in 2011, news reports said Wednesday.
There are now a total of 18 cancer cases among people who were 18
or younger at the time of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi
Nuclear Power Station, the Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local
Twenty-five others were also suspected of suffering from some form
of cancer, up from 15 in a June report, Kyodo said.
However, Shinichi Suzuki, professor at Fukushima Medical
University, said that it is too early to link the cancer cases to the
The plant suffered meltdowns at three of its six reactors after it
was swept through by a tsunami in March 2011. More than 150,000
residents have been forced to leave their homes around the complex
due to radioactive contamination.
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