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Japan and upcomming thyroid cancer from reactor accident

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It is a sad thought but due to the reactor accident in Japan

Reading the news online today it is showing that

The government’s nuclear accident taskforce tested 1,149 children aged up to 15 about two weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns, blasts and fires at the Fukushima plant.

Radioactive iodine tends to gather in the thyroid glands of minors in particular, increasing the risk of developing cancer later in life.

Of the valid test results collected for 1,080 children, 482 or 44.6 per cent were confirmed to have some level of radioactive contamination in their thyroid glands, the government official told AFP.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said none of the children suffered contamination beyond the equivalent of 0.2 microsieverts (mSv) per hour, the standard set by Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission.

ok being us and having gone through RAI or not we understand that 2 weeks is about 2 half-life’s for RAI so how many received above the normal level we shall probably not know.

I honestly wonder if thyroid cancer is going to get a push because of this accident. I am curious what everyone else thinks about this disaster.

I know it’s a horrible to think about but in the near future there are going to be a lot of thyroid and other cancers showing up in Japan. Being that they are so technology minded I think they will do a lot more research and help find cures and better replacements maybe for thyroid cancer in the future...

I know it’s kind of a morbid though but what do you all think

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You made a good point there. At least maybe people will have a greater awareness of thyroid cancer. Its too bad it takes disaster to create an awareness though.

But more research and better treatment - now that would be nice.


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No, it's not morbid. It's true that Japan is a very intelligent nation so we can expect that they will start to plan ahead for what may be a rash of Thyroid cancers/Hashimoto's and Graves disease. Of course these diseases and cancer's probably won't show up for many years, maybe into the victims thirties or forties. I hope that they will start to come up with medication to improve thyroid function and eliminate the possibility of it becoming cancer which will help all of us. Many of their Medical students study here in the US, so maybe we can expect more cure's to come from here.

By the way, has anyone heard about the recent cure for Leukemia? It's an amazing break through in medicine. Here is a link.



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yes I agree Japan is an inteligent country, the question is if they will have misinformation like Russa had with cyernobal. Also how much in denial will the general populace be to the issues untill they strike.

Nice article from Dr oz show julie... unfortunatly its not really a new drug...


is also an intresting article about the same drug and its from the national cancer institute.

1993: The first laboratory studies of STI571 began when a scientist, now at Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, approached Ciba-Geigy, now Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Basel, Switzerland) requesting permission to test various compounds that would be likely to block the abnormal protein, BCR-ABL.

2001: May: U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of STI571/Gleevec for CML.


yes in this world unfortunatly for aids and cancer and other major diseases a NEW drug may be 20-30 years old before it actualy gets noticed and brought to the attention of the public.

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Sometimes I think they just hold off until they know they aren't going to get sued for treatment. I know plenty of patients that would give anything to try these drugs in a last ditch effort to save their lives. My dad would have been one of them if the stupid doctor's would have isolated his cancer sooner and before it had spread to almost every part of his body.

Thanks for the info Craig.


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Trust me...

Yes that is the main problem with drug research... once a drug has been found

- Lab tests to prove its safe

About 1 year later
- Initial approval for human testing
- test groups to see if it works

Another year later
- Reviews on the studies
- listing of side effects and problems with med
- listing of other effects that may have medical significance

2-3 years later
- Final approval for treatment of item 1

2-3 years later there will be
- follow-up approval of item 1 with midterm side effects review
- Initial testing for other medical treatments
- Another few years before results are out
- Off label use for other medical items approved

4-5 years later
- may get official on label use for those other medical issues.

And 10-15 years down the road you get
- Lawsuits for issues not addressed in study
- More side effects figured out
- Another review by the FDA to see if it is still safe
- More warning labels added to med

One of the meds I am on for vertigo is technically in the off label use category and that means for some people that it will not be covered by their insurance.

it took about 5 years for AIDS patients to push forward a Rapid process for AIDS meds (now only takes 2-3 years instead of 5-12 years.

then of corse if a med has major side effects like (may cause suicidal thoughts tendencies) or damage other parts of the body (kidney liver ect) it takes longer to get these approved and safe levels set and such.

so if a new drug comes out today that cures thyroid cancer it may be 5-20+ years before it actually hits the markets and another few years before doctors actually consider it useful

realize that to get on the synthroid/cytomel combination I had to pull up articles showing its usage and why to do it... the articles were 5-10 years old.

He told me he would put me on a TRIAL of the combination to see if cytomel helped... It most defiantly dose.

Oh and the reason Herbal remedies and supplements are not MEDICINE... is no one wants to go through the cost and time to test them since they will make no money off of selling them as meds vs. what they are right now as supplements or herbal remedies.

so you will see lots of labels stating "these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration." you will also see a lot of "miracle cures" or "snake oil" about the new fruit /vegetable /herb of the month can’t remember is it cranberries or acdi fruit or grapefruit this month....


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