Thyroid Cancer: Children Become the First Victims of Fallout

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Science  19 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5260, pp. 357-360
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5260.357


Paris--The most pronounced health impact on the general population of exposure to radiation from the Chernobyl accident is a sharp increase in childhood thyroid cancer in the most contaminated regions. The increase surprised many researchers because it began earlier and was much larger than expected. This has led some researchers to wonder whether some groups in the exposed population are genetically susceptible to radiation damage.