Volume 10, Number 1
January 4, 2010
Published by RPHP
PO Box 60 Unionville, NY 10988
Editor: Joseph Mangano
This newsletter covers the period September-December 2009
TEETH SHOW HIGH FALLOUT LEVELS IN BABY BOOMERS WITH CANCER
The RPHP study of atomic bomb fallout shows the average Strontium-90 level in baby teeth of “Baby Boomers” who died of cancer by age 50 was 122% greater (more than double) that of healthy “Boomers.” RPHP released its findings in October, after identifying 300 St. Louis-area residents born 1959-1961 who donated baby teeth to a 1960s study; 100 have developed cancer, and 200 are healthy. Results were reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and by the NPR program “Living on Earth” (covering 350 U.S. radio stations).
ARTICLE SHOWS EPIDEMIC OF THYROID CANCER NEAR INDIAN POINT
RPHP has published a medical journal article documenting epidemic levels of thyroid cancer near the Indian Point nuclear reactors north of New York City. The article, in the current International Journal of Health Services, shows that the 2001-2005 thyroid cancer incidence in Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester was 66% above the U.S. average, based on 1276 cases. The journal article is the 25th by RPHP since 1994. The only known cause of thyroid cancer is exposure to radiation (especially radioactive iodine). The U.S. rate of thyroid cancer has nearly tripled since 1980, the greatest increase of any cancer.
NYC PRESS CONFERENCE DRAWS MANY MEDIA
On November 16, RPHP announced the publication of its thyroid cancer article with a press conference held at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. RPHP Executive Director Joseph Mangano spoke, along with local thyroid cancer survivor Diana Santaiti, Clearwater Board member Susan Shapiro, and four other leaders of environmental groups. The press conference drew 13 media reports (5 radio, 5 television, 2 newspaper, 1 magazine). RPHP received supportive letters from several local thyroid cancer survivors who had seen media stories.
HIGH RATE OF THYROID PROBLEMS IN NEWBORNS NEAR INDIAN POINT
On November 25, Mangano released a report showing that hypothyroidism among newborns in the four counties closest to Indian Point was 92% above the U.S. There were 208 newborns in the four counties born with the disease in the 11 year period. All U.S. newborns are screened for hypothyroidism, a disorder marked by low levels of thyroid hormone. Exposure to radioactive iodine in nuclear weapons and reactors, is known to cause hypothyroidism. The U.S. rate of hypothyroidism in newborns has risen rapidly (one study showed a 73% rise from 1987-2002), and no cause has been identified.
11 MORE NEWSPAPER OP-EDS AND LETTERS
In the last four months of 2009, Mangano published 8 op-ed pieces and 3 letters to the editor in U.S. newspapers on health risks posed by nuclear reactors. In the past 4 years, he has published 55 opinion pieces (40 op-ed, 15 letters), which have reached millions of Americans. Virtually all of these newspapers are in areas near aging nuclear reactors or proposed new reactors.