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Title: Cancer risk estimation in Belarussian children due to thyroid irradiation as a consequence of the Chernobyl nuclear accident

The thyroid doses received by the juvenile population of Belarus following the Chernobyl accident ranged up to about 10 Gy. The thyroid cancer risk estimate recommended in NCRP Report No. 80 was used to predict the number of thyroid cancer cases among children during 1990-1992 in selected Belarussian regions and cities. The results obtained using this risk estimate show an excess of thyroid cancer cases being registered vs. the predicted cases. Thyroid cancer incidence rate among boys under investigation is higher than among girls in the postaccident period. The excess of the observed over the expected incidence in the general juvenile population is caused by the high thyroid cancer incidence rate among boys. These results, which can be considered part of the first stage of a thorough thyroid cancer risk estimation after the Chernobyl accident, demonstrate the critical need to complete these studies in depth. 6 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.
Authors:
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  1. Research Inst. of Radiation Medicine, Minsk (Belarus)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
381127
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Health Physics; Journal Volume: 71; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: PBD: Jul 1996
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
56 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, APPLIED STUDIES; THYROID; RADIATION DOSES; NEOPLASMS; RISK ASSESSMENT; BELARUS; CHILDREN; RADIATION ACCIDENTS; IODINE 131