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Chernobyl effect

11th April 2006

10042006_radioactive1.jpgA study has found that women in areas that were most contaminated by radiation after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine in 1986 are two to three times more likely to develop breast cancer than women in less contaminated areas.

The study in the International Journal of Cancer says that excess cases began to appear 10  years after the incident, and that the relative risk was higher among women who were younger at the time of exposure. Results indicate a significant radiation related increase has occurred particularly among women who were below the age of 45 at time of the accident and resided in most contaminated districts.

Results of the study may have important public health implication in countries affected by the Chernobyl accident.

 


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