ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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IN 1983 a television programme in UK alleged that there had been a 10-fold increase in the incidence of leukaemia in children living near the Sellafield reprocessing plant in West Cumbria. Soon a similar apparent correlation was found in northern Scotland. The uproar these revelations caused pressurised the British Office of Population Censuses and Surveys to initiate a retrospective study on cancer incidence and mortality near nuclear installations in Britain and Wales between 1959 and 1980. A similar study was undertaken in the US covering a larger number of installations and a longer time period and a third was begun in Canada.

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