Is Chernobyl disaster to blame for global rise in cancer rates? Author alleges shock cover

Is Chernobyl disaster to blame for global rise in cancer rates? Author alleges shock cover

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US historian Kate Brown has been investigating the impact of radiation from the world’s worst ever nuclear disaster and claims the real death toll has been deliberately covered up by organisations with vested interests. She alleges scientists joined forces with the UN, Red Cross and World Health Organisation to withhold evidence of hundreds of thousands of people who have died as a result of the 1986 nuclear explosion in what is now Ukraine.

She said at the time it was widely agreed and underestimated by scientists that the accident would cause around 200 deaths over 80 years.

But in her book, Manual For Survival: A Chernobyl Guide To The Future, she claims: “International scientists suppressed evidence of a cancer epidemic among children.”

Cancer Research UK acknowledged rates of the disease were rising but said this war largely down to people were living longer coupled with increased consumption of red and processed meats, increasing obesity in the west, and a culture of sunbathing and sunbeds were largely to blame.

One in two people are now likely to develop the disease rather than the previous estimates of one in three.

Ms Brown believes the increase in cancer may be linked to Chernobyl while governments and nuclear industry chiefs have dodged responsibility.

She said: “Minimising both the number of deaths so far and the on-going health consequences of the Chernobyl disaster provided cover for nuclear powers to dodge lawsuits and uncomfortable investigations in the 1990s.”

She criticises a lot of senior figures, both past and present, for not admitting that nuclear radiation is really poisonous and therefore not providing adequate protection or support for people who may still be affected.

Her book details how the threshold for the amount of radiation legally allowed in produce exported for consumption in the US is surprisingly high and could be dangerous.

It also describes what the nuclear plant workers and local residents saw and experienced when the explosion tore through the power station.

It reveals how workers clearing the devastated site were advised by Soviet doctors to drink vodka throughout the day because they claimed it would stimulate the liver and cleanse the body of radiation.

Ms Brown conducted her research over four years and relied on 27 archives of information from Europe, the US and the former Soviet Union.

She reckons the actual death told could be as high as 150,000 for Ukraine alone over the past three decades.

She concludes by calling for the impact of nuclear radiation on human health and the facts and figures surrounding to Chernobyl to be reassessed.

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