JAPANESE STUDY FINDS NO NUCLEAR TEST LINK TO CANCER IN MARSHALLS

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Doctors who conducted a cancer study in the Marshall Islands say they can find no link between the nuclear tests of the 1950's and the Pacific nation's abnormally high cancer rate.

The study, by doctors from Japan's Tohoku School of Medicine, found that nearly 30 percent of the Marshall Islanders who lived through the nuclear tests have developed thyroid cancer.

The doctors say in their report that no conclusions are yet available concerning the relationship between possible exposure to radiation and the diseases observed.

The study involved the checking of more than 6,000 Marshal Islanders who were alive during the nuclear tests.

The United States conducted 67 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958 at Bikini and Enewetak atolls, with many of the blasts depositing radioactive fallout onto inhabited islands.

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