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  •  He died of cancer unrelated to the accident. (2+ / 0-)
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    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 08:12:53 AM PDT

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    •  But not necessarily unrelated (3+ / 0-)
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      Jim P, Just Bob, worldlotus

      to radiation exposure in the course of his career. Or maybe he just wasn't being very careful of what he was eating and drinking while on-site between March and whenever he was having enough trouble swallowing to see a doctor.

      Thyroid cancers are usually the first soft tissue cancers to show up, and those will show first in children. Otherwise, the earliest cancers will be leukemias. It took less than 90 days for one unfortunate TMI cleanup worker to develop acute myelogenous leukemia after being 'trapped' for a period of time in a suspended sling while taking elevated wall swipes above the reactor water 'spill' in the TMI2 aux building in October of 1979. He was rushed to the hospital with radiation sickness, continued to weaken. The leukemia was diagnosed in January of 1980. He later developed liver cancer as well, died in July of 1982 at the ripe old age of 36.

    •  I'd LOVE to see the proof of that. (1+ / 0-)
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      Even he he had cancer before Fukushima, if he worked around the plants... there's no science possible, except in short-lived creatures in sealed lab environments which could show what "caused" a cancer; or radioactivities role in it.

      There's statistics, but by its nature, statistics can't tell you an individual causation.

      Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

      by Jim P on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 11:11:18 AM PDT

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