Date: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 00:49 +0900 (JST)
Hiroshima University is to launch a study focusing on the health impact of exposure to low-level radiation.
The university has set up a committee of about 40 researchers to apply their knowledge to support people affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident. The university has been providing medical care to atomic bomb survivors.
The committee has 3 main themes: analysis of the impact of low-level radioactive exposure on human genes; medical response to internal exposure and exposure during an emergency; and support for a health survey conducted by Fukushima Prefecture.
The university says that when cumulative exposure reaches 100 millisieverts, the chances of developing cancer are said to rise by 0.5 percent.
It also says there is not enough data available anywhere in the world about an exposure to radiation below that level.