Cancer risk higher in worst hit Fukushima areas

People living in the areas contaminated by radioactive material released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident two years ago have a higher risk of developing certain cancers over their lifetime, the World Health Organisation said.

Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Credit: REUTERS/Digital Globe

The United Nations agency said: "This health risk assessment concludes that no discernible increase in health risks from the Fukushima event is expected outside Japan.

"With respect to Japan, this assessment estimates that the lifetime risk for some cancers may be somewhat elevated above base-line rates in certain age and sex groups that were in the areas most affected."