Scientists: No link between Sellafield & childhood cancer

New research by scientists at Oxford and Newcastle universities says children living near the Sellafield nuclear site are not at an increased risk of developing cancer.

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'No evidence' of increased cancer risk

"For many years, there have been concerns over the potential raised cancer risk among people -particularly children - who live near nuclear installations. This study found that children, teenagers and young adults living close to Sellafield...are no longer at an increased risk of developing cancer.

"Furthermore, there is no evidence of any increased risk of cancer later in life for those who were born near these power plants."

– Kathryn Bunch, Lead author from University of Oxford

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Reassurance over nuclear plant power risk

A study into the affects of living near nuclear plants has found that children are not any more likely to develop cancer than other children who don't live close to such sites.

The study by the Childhood Cancer Research Group at theUniversity of Oxford and from Newcastle University looked at cancer rates between 1963 and 2006 in those, under the age of 25, living near Sellafield.

Researchers say no difference was found between those living near the power plants and the general population.

No heightened cancer risk for Sellafield children

Children living near Sellafield are not more likely to develop cancer Credit: PA

New research released today by scientists at Oxford and Newcastle universities says children living near the Sellafield nuclear site are not at an increased risk of developing cancer - compared to children in other parts of Britain.

For years people living near the nuclear plant have claimed there have been clusters of child leukaemia caused by the nuclear emissions.

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