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  •  I've wondered for a long time if (4+ / 0-)
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    there has ever been a study done on correleation, if any, between the open-air atomic tests in the continental U.S. in the 1940s and subsequent patterns of cancers.

    I know there were some small studies of people immediately downwind, but has anyone ever examined the long-term effect on the population as a whole? We now have a cancer epidemic in this country, with the resulting huge and big-bucks industry that involves.

    Or maybe such a study couldn't be done. Or if done, not published.

    Things are not what they seem to be; nor are they otherwise. -- The Lankavatara Sutra

    by Mnemosyne on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 08:51:32 AM PDT

    •  There are models (1+ / 0-)
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      based on the LNT model and the amount of radiation deposited throughout the world.

      From wikipedia (sorry, but I don't have time to look up any actual papers on this)

      Frequent above-ground nuclear explosions between the 1940s and 1960s scattered a substantial amount of radioactive contamination. Some of this contamination is local, rendering the immediate surroundings highly radioactive, while some of it is carried longer distances as nuclear fallout; some of this material is dispersed worldwide. The increase in background radiation due to these tests peaked in 1963 at about 0.15 mSv per year worldwide, or about 7% of average background dose from all sources. The Limited Test Ban Treaty  of 1963 prohibited above-ground tests, thus by the year 2000 the worldwide dose from these historical tests has decreased to only 0.005 mSv per year.[4]
    •  Thryroid cancers have occurred from those (2+ / 0-)
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      While waiting for my own chemo (not thyroid), a few years ago, I would read the pamphlets around the waiting room; and I don't have a reference but the pamphlets on thyroid cancer refer to those tests as  having raising thyroid cancer levels.  It was doctors that got the testing stopped.

      And indeed, I have a sister-in-law who was an infant then, that came down with thyroid cancer about 10 years ago.  I can't say it was from those atomic tests but who knows?

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