Nuclear Testing and the Rise of Global Cancer Rates

The report discussed in this article is not new -- I referenced it in a column years ago -- but the article is a reminder that the report deserves more widespread attention in this age of Fukushima. Other sources give MUCH higher figures for bomb-test-related mortality -- it would hardly be surprising if the government fudged downward its figures for the number of civilians killed in the gov't's pursuit of a weapons program that could end all life on Earth. --  Glen
"A little noticed investigation from 2002 spells out the grim toll. Radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing has killed more than 15,000 Americans and caused at least 80,000 cancers.  Ominously, the report concluded that decades of open air nuclear blasts have exposed to radiation nearly everyone who has resided in the United States since 1952.


"The report, conducted by the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control, is remarkable for several reasons, not least because it represented the first time the US government released an assessment of the spread and consequences to human health of radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing. It was also the first time that the government owned up to the fact that a substantial number of cancer deaths have been caused by nuclear testing."