Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster raised the cancer risk for people living near the atomic plant, but no jump in cases is expected elsewhere, the UN's health agency said Thursday, sparking an angry reaction from anti-nuclear campaigners.
This file picture taken on February 28, 2012 shows a journalist checking radiation levels near the TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has raised the risk of thyroid cancer in the plant's immediate area, but no jump in cases is expected elsewhere, the WHO said Thursday.
Within a 20-kilometre (12-mile) perimeter of the plant, rates of thyroid cancer among women who were exposed to radiation as infants were expected to be up to 1.25 percent, the World Health Organisation said in a report.
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