Major Study: Exposure to Low-Level Radiation Can Cause Leukemia

Numerous Studies Show that Low-Level Exposure Causes Cancer

Japan Times reports:

Protracted exposure to low-level radiation is associated with a significant increase in the risk of leukemia, according to a long-term study published Thursday in a U.S. research journal.

The study released in the monthly Environmental Health Perspectives was based on a 20-year survey of around 110,000 workers who engaged in cleanup work related to the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986.

Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the National Research Center for Radiation Medicine in Ukraine were among those who participated in the research.


Keigo Endo, a radiologist and president of Kyoto College of Medical Science, pointed to previous data showing an increased risk of leukemia with cumulative radiation exposure of as low as 120 millisieverts.

“The latest finding underlines the importance of long-term followup surveys. Further details of the survey should be examined to confirm specific dose levels that could cause leukemia,” Endo said.

Many nuclear scientists agree.

Indeed, the overwhelming consensus among radiation scientists is that repeated exposure to low doses of radiation can cause cancer, genetic mutations and other severe health problemsespecially in small children.

Yet many governments pretend that low doses of radiation are harmless. In fact, many governments have been covering up the danger from radiation for 67 years, because they want to push nuclear power as a way to make nuclear weapons.  And see this.

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  • The germans and the swiss have already decided to phase out nuclear power and in germany it has been shown to have had a positive impact both economically and environmentally.

    The only downside is the long time-frame they are committing to. In germany they won’t be nuclear free until 2022 and the swiss will not shut down the last plant until 2034.

    At the rate we’re now racing toward extinction, this may be too little too late.

  • So, I would be interested in knowing if there is a higher percentage of healthcare workers diagnosed with Leukemia. Have any studies been done in this area?