The Cancer Risk From Atomic Bomb Test Fallout By Studying Strontium 90 Levels In Baby Teeth
October 20, 2009
Our new study finds high levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth of U.S. “Baby Boomers” who have died of cancer. The study marks the first attempt to estimate cancer risk from bomb fallout by measuring actual levels in bodies of Americans.
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Click here for an article about the study at St Louis Post-Dispatch
Click here to read the transcript of Health Risks of Nuclear Power and Testing, an interview with Joseph Mangano on NPR
Baby tooth study resumes, seeking links between fallout radiation and cancer
Baby teeth study to begin
Thousands of baby teeth, almost all collected from St.
Louis-area residents in
The nonprofit Radiation and Public Health Project in
New York announced last
Study uses baby teeth
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Baby teeth collected in St. Louis in the 1950s and '60s to measure children's exposure to atomic bomb fallout will be used in a new study to try and gauge if Cold War bomb testing increased cancer risk.
The new study became possible after an estimated 85,000
baby teeth were discovered in storage in 2001. They were leftover contributions
to the St. Louis Baby Tooth Survey, and about 300 of them will be tested
as part of the new research.
RPHP Bgins St. Louis Baby Teeth Folow-Up Study
RPHP has targeted funds to begin a follow-up health study of St. Louis children who donated baby teeth to a 1958-1970 study of atomic bomb test fallout in the body.
RPHP is very interested in pursuing this line of inquiry because it could make a substantial contribution to solving the largely-unanswered question "Did the atomic bomb tests in Nevada harm U.S. citizens?"
RPHP researchers will select a sample of the 85,000 baby teeth remaining from the study; locate current addresses for tooth donors, now mostly in their mid-40s; identify those who are deceased; and identify those who have survived cancer through health questionnaires.
Eventually, RPHP will determine if those St. Louis "Baby Boomers" who developed cancer and other diseases had higher radiation levels in their bodies than those who remained healthy. (This study became possible after the 2001 discovery of these teeth, which had been stored in a remote ammunition bunker for over 30 years.)