Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Greg White
Censored and redacted government emails reveal that U.S. policymakers were worried that radiation from the Fukushima disaster could cause a spike in thyroid cancer rates among Americans. Despite this revelation, the federal government remains silent on the matter, and the mainstream media continues to downplay the severity of the catastrophe.
Since a tsunami laid waste to the three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant in 2011, a colossal amount of cancer-causing agents were released into the environment. It’s apparent from the redacted emails that radiation from the power plant posed a much greater threat to the public’s health than the mainstream media led us to believe:
“I would like to raise another issue which now merits expeditious, near term action. There is a short time window… during which it will remain possible to… measure any I-131 that members of the public may have ingested,” said an email sent to John Holdren, senior adviser to Pres. Obama on science and technology, as well as Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, DOE/NRC officials and others whose names were redacted, on March 23, 2011 – a mere 12 days after the disaster.(1)
These nuclear scientists were clearly concerned that radiation from Fukushima would not only bleed over to the West Coast but also cause thyroid cancer rates to rise in the U.S. “Many cases of thyroid cancer, and other health problems, may end up being attributed to exposures from the Fukushima accident… on the U.S. west coast,” noted the email.(1)
Although thyroid cancer is uncommon, its has become increasingly common among youth near the Fukushima site. A report issued last May found that thyroid cancer rates had increased a whopping 6,000 percent among residents near the region.(1)
The emails go on to encourage further investigation but urged officials not to create a mass panic. “There are very strong reasons to gather data, but it must be done in a way that is broadly viewed as being in the interest of the public and the individuals involved,” the email continued.(1)
Thyroid cancer rates continue to increase. In January 2015, an estimated 16 new thyroid cases were reported, putting the number of youth diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 103. And according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, an additional 127 people have been diagnosed with, or are suspected to have, thyroid cancer this year.(1)
In an effort to thwart widespread panic, the mainstream media claims that radiation from the Fukushima disaster, which is now bombarding the West Coast, has been diluted by the ocean. Nevertheless, inhaling or ingesting radiation, even in small doses, can have an accumulative effect over time that leads to long-term health problems.
Some media outlets acknowledge that thyroid cancer rates have increased near the Fukushima site, but they don’t make a definitive link between the two. For example, The Wall Street Journal noted in 2014 that 57 minors near the prefecture had thyroid cancer, and 46 other people exhibited symptoms of thyroid cancer. Nevertheless, they went on to state that a clear connection between the two could not be made “because the rate of thyroid cancer in the general population isn’t fully known.”(1)
Other officials have tried to conjure up explanations for the spike in thyroid cancer rates, like Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. “There is a possibility that early-stage cancer and small tumors were discovered because experienced doctors conducted thorough checkups using the newest machinery,” Suga said at a news conference.(1)
Make no mistake: The link between nuclear fallout and thyroid cancer is real. To learn more about the Fukushima cover-up, visit TruthWiki.org. While the mainstream media is actively covering up news related to the Fukushima disaster, the alternative media has dutifully reported on the situation since 2011. You can monitor that coverage at AlternativeNews.com.