Tan Ee Lyn
March 15, 2011
Radioactive materials spewed into the air by Japan’s earthquake-crippled nuclear plant may contaminate food and water resources, with children and unborn babies most at risk of possibly developing cancer.
Experts said any exposure to radioactive materials has the potential to cause various kinds of cancers, with higher levels of radiation seen as more dangerous.
But they said they needed more accurate measurements for the level of radioactivity in Japan, and the region, to give a proper risk assessment.
“The explosions could expose the population to longer-term radiation, which can raise the risk of cancer. These are thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukemia. Children and fetuses are especially vulnerable,” said Lam Ching-wan, chemical pathologist at the University of Hong Kong.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 5:13 am