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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.

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