EU estimated 61,600,000 cancer deaths worldwide from nuclear test fallout

My previous post presented the argument that “We’ve been exposed to TONS of radioactive nuclear material already, so what’s a bit more?”

It’s compelling, until you consider the immense damage done by that radioactive nuclear fallout.

The European Union researched this and concluded in 2003:

“The ECRR model predicts 61,600,000 deaths from cancer, 1,600,000 infant deaths and 1,900,000 foetal deaths. In addition, the ECRR predict a 10% loss of life quality integrated over all diseases and conditions in those who were exposed over the period of global weapons fallout.”

Wow! 61.6 million unnatural deaths from radioactive fallout-induced cancer.

There is even direct physical evidence that U.S. taxpayer-funded nuclear tests (mostly in the Pacific) killed Americans:

Washington University officials stumbled upon 85,000 teeth not used in the study in a remote storage area. The school donated the teeth to the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP), a research group conducting its own study of Sr-90 in baby teeth, near U.S. nuclear reactors. Each tooth is enclosed in a small envelope attached to a card identifying the tooth donor.

RPHP scientists recognized that these teeth could help answer the long-awaited question of fallout’s harm to the health of Americans. The tooth donors, now in their 40s and 50s, could be tracked at current addresses or through death records. And Sr-90 could still be measured in each tooth, as the chemical decays very slowly.

Earlier this month, the first results of the RPHP health study were released in an article in the International Journal of Health Services. Baby teeth of St. Louis baby boomers who died of cancer by age 50 had more than double — 122 percent more — the Sr-90 concentration than did Boomers who are alive and healthy.

The implications are obvious. Fukushima has (so far) released only a fraction of the radioactive material that humanity intentionally released through repeated nuclear weapons testing. Unfortunately, however, every “little” bit means more future cancer deaths. Beyond the hundreds of thousands living near Fukushima who will eventually develop cancer from their exposure, perhaps 100,000 more, many in America, will eventually die from cancer caused by Fukushima. None of the victims will be able to directly trace their death back to this nuclear disaster, but, statistically, we can expect something on the order of 100,000 deaths, if 500 atmospheric nuclear tests killed 61.6 million people.

Posted by James on Wednesday, April 13, 2011