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Cancer report on nuclear areas

Young children who live near nuclear power plants do not have a greater risk of developing childhood leukaemia according to research published in the British Journal of Cancer today.

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"No increased risk" of children developing cancer in nuclear areas

Research published in the British Journal of Cancer has found that young children who live near nuclear power plants do not have a greater risk of developing childhood leukaemia or non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Scientists from the Childhood Cancer Research Group in Oxford carried out a study of nearly 10,000 children under five who were diagnosed with leukaemia, or similar cancers, in Britain from 1962 to 2007.

The research focused on the distance from the nearest nuclear power plant both at the time the children were born- and when they were diagnosed with the diseases - and found that there was no apparent extra risk living near a nuclear power plant.

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