The risk of increased leukemia and lymphoma in Japan

It is a sad day for Japan and its people.  Any natural disaster does provide graphic testimony of the fragility of life and the lack of predictability of what may happen to any of us.

Today, Icarus Consultant’s hematology expert, Dr Sally Church in a poignant post on Pharma Strategy Blog provides some perspective on what is happening in Japan and whether we will see an increase in leukemia as a result.

She discusses the higher incidence of leukemia and lymphoma that has been seen in children living around the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Cumbria, in the North West of England.

Only long-term epidemiology studies will show the true consequences of any radiation exposure, so it may be many years before we can measure the true impact of what has happened in Japan.



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