No childhood cancer link to UK nuclear power stations

22 June 2005

A new report from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (Comare) has found that there is no link between the incidence of childhood cancer and nuclear energy.

Using a database of over 32,000 cases of childhood cancer that occurred in the UK between 1969 and 1993, Comare studied the incidence of childhood cancer in the vicinity of all the major licensed nuclear sites including power stations. Using the most appropriate statistical test for each site, no evidence of excess numbers of cases in any local 25 km area around any of the stations was found. This distance would include either primary exposure to radioactive discharges or secondary exposure from re-suspended material.

An excess of leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) was found near Dounreay and Sellafield.

The full report is available from

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