Quote:Tanja has cancer because of the radioactive iodine she was exposed to in 1986, says Dr. Valery Tereshchenko, a physician and researcher at the Institute of Endocrinology in Kiev - It has come to be known as Chernobyl Hospital.(The following has been cut out from the video but is still in the transcript)
The accident spread tons of radioactive material from reactor 4, more than 80 percent of it was radioactive iodine.
The winds spread the iodine over large areas in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia - then parts of the Soviet Union. Iodine-131 is absorbed by the thyroid gland and penetrates the cells.
Before the accident in 1986 thyroid cancer was uncommon in Ukraine, on average 12 people had tumors surgically removed each year. In the early 1990s the number had increased to some 60 per year and today's figure has risen to 600 cases a year.
This is just the figures for those who were between 0 and 18 in 1986, and only at the Institute of Endocrinology. Dr. Tereshchenko see no end to the number of cases of the disease.
"I do not think we have seen the maximum level yet. Since 1990, the number of cases of thyroid cancer has increased every year.
Quote:According to the United Nations Scientific Radiation Committee 2008, a total of 6000 persons had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer caused by the Chernobyl accident. That is an unacceptably low figure according to Dr. Valery Tereshchenko:
"Only in this hospital in Kiev, we have performed surgery on 6069 people who were between 0 and 18 in 1986. The figure must be much higher than 6000," he says.
watch the video - it's in Swedish and Russian with Swedish subtitles but the people are real
translated by Octo