Leukaemia cases near La Hague exceed average

"Increased incidence" of disease in young people living nearby; statistics for wider area "consistent with expected value"

The newest study of leukaemia cases around the French nuclear reprocessing plant in La Hague has shown an "increased incidence" of the disease in young people living within a 10 kilometre radius of the facility. However, the incidence of leukaemia in a 35 km radius of the plant is "consistent with the expected value".

The study, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, concludes that further monitoring and investigations should be targeted at certain types of leukaemia occurring in children under the age of 10 living near La Hague and possibly other reprocessing sites.

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