Report links Swedish cancers to Chernobyl

Swedish scientists have detected the first statistical correlation between radioactive fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident and extra cancer cases in Sweden. Similar correlations have been established by researchers in the former Soviet Union. The report, in the Journal of epidemiology and community health, notes a general increase in cancer in the aggregate but not of individual forms, not even types often linked to radiation like leukaemia or thyroid cancer. A BBC news report on the study put the number of excess cancers at nearly 850. See Swedish Institute summary and BBC report.

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