Tuesday, 21 June 2011

No definitive evidence to support leukaemia cluster claims


SIR – The article entitled “No leukaemia cluster... that’s just not true!” by Corrina Thomson in last week’s John O’Groat Journal leaves the reader with the distinct impression radioactive discharges and pollution from Dounreay may have contributed to the reported childhood leukaemia cluster in the surrounding area.

While a few may subscribe to this notion, a massive body of scientific evidence suggests otherwise. Indeed, there is a strong probability the observed leukaemia cluster has no relationship, whatsoever, to any operational activity conducted at the facility.
Ms Thomson begins the article by noting the 14th report of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) in which it is concluded no evidence exists of an increased risk of leukaemia in under-fives living around UK nuclear plants in the 35-year period between 1969 and 2004.

To read the full article click HERE.


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