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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Press Conference
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 11:30 a.m

Conference Room
2456 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC

Contact: Joseph J. Mangano

New Study on Cancer Risk from Atomic Bomb Fallout
By Measuring Radiation in Baby Teeth

A new scientific study has found very high levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in baby teeth of U.S. “Baby Boomers” who have died of cancer.  This Sr-90 represents fallout from atomic bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s.  Results suggest that U.S. cancer deaths from fallout are much greater than the U.S. government estimate of 15,000.

The study marks the first attempt to estimate cancer risk from bomb fallout by measuring actual levels in bodies of Americans.  It uses a unique data base of 85,000 baby teeth not used in a 1960s study of fallout by researchers in St. Louis.  These teeth were discovered in a remote storage area several years ago.

The study comes at a time when the U.S. Senate is considering ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty supported by President Obama.

Speakers Include:

John M. Fowler PhD, physicist
Former professor of physics, Washington University, St. Louis
Co-founder of the Greater St. Louis Citizen’s Committee for Nuclear Information (1958)
Editor, Fallout: A Study of Superbombs, Strontium-90, and Survival (1960)

Janette M. Sherman MD, toxicologist
Adjunct professor, Environmental Institute, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Author, Chemical Exposure and Disease: Diagnostic and Investigative Techniques (1994)
Author, Life’s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer (2000)

Joseph J. Mangano MPH MBA, epidemiologist
Executive Director, Radiation and Public Health Project, New York NY
Author, Low Level Radiation and Immune System Damage (1998)
Author, Radioactive Baby Teeth: The Cancer Link (2008)

EndorsementsEndorsed By professional experts on environmental health, especially in radiation health. Those endorsing the baby tooth study include:

Rosalie Bertell PhD
Founder, International Institute of Concern for Public Health, Toronto Canada

Christopher Busby PhD
Visiting Professor (Molecular Biosciences), University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Samuel Epstein MD
Professor Emeritus (Environmental and Occupational Medicine), University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago IL

Ian Fairlie MD
Consultant on radioactivity in the environment, London, UK

Cathey Falvo MD
President, Physicians for Social Responsibility, New York Chapter, New York NY

Lennart Hardell MD PhD
Professor, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Orebro Sweden

Daniel Kohl PhD
Professor Emeritus (Biology), Washington University, St. Louis MO

Donald Louria MD
Chairman Emeritus (Preventive Medicine and Community Health), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark NJ

Rudi Nussbaum PhD
Professor Emeritus (Physics and Environmental Sciences) Portland State University, Portland OR

Leif Peterson PhD MPH
Director, Center for Biostatistics, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston TX