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Risk of Thyroid Cancer following Exposure to 131I Early in Life (CHILD-THYR), Final report (summary)

Project ID: FIGH-CT-2002-20206
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


Evidence for a relation between thyroid cancer risk and exposure to 131I among young people mainly comes from recent studies of populations exposed as a result of fallout from the Chernobyl accident. The extent and timing of this increase, however, suggests that host or environmental factors may have played a role in the expression of these tumours. Most previous studies of thyroid cancer have not included sufficient numbers of persons exposed to 131I to allow a careful examination of such interactions.
Several studies have recently been published or completed concerning the risk of thyroid cancer in relation to radioiodines, following the Chernobyl accident, fall-out from weapons testing or releases from nuclear installations. These studies cover a number of different geographic settings (with different distributions of host and environmental risk factors) and most have collected information on a number of possible confounding or modifying factors.

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