RESEARCH. EDUCATION. COMMUNITY. AWARENESS.
Ionizing Radiation (IR) will have compounding health for future generations.
Relatively little of the information on radiation-related risk comes from studies of populations exposed mostly or only to radioactive fallout, because useful dose-response data are difficult to obtain.
- Various factors make it difficult to study fallout-related thyroid cancer risk in all but the most heavily exposed populations. Thyroid cancer risks from external radiation are related to gender and to age at the time of exposure, with by far the highest risks occurring among women exposed as young children.
- Observations of thyroid cancer risk among children exposed to fall-out from the Chornobyl reactor accident in 1986 have led to a reassessment. An Institute of Medicine report concluded that the Chornobyl observations support the conclusion that I-131 has an equal effect, or at least two-thirds the effect of internal radiation. More recent data on thyroid cancer risk among persons in Belarus and Russia exposed as young children to Chornobyl
fallout offer further support of this inference.
- Some of the fallout exposures discussed here occurred roughly 50 to 60 years ago, including from Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombs. Most under study were exposed to fallout or direct radiation—for example, A-bomb survivors—at very young ages during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, are still alive, and the cumulative experience obtained from all studies of radiation-exposed populations is that radiation-related cancers can be expected to occur at any time over the entire lifetime following exposure.
- Concern about possible use of radioactive materials by terrorists has been heightened in recent years, including conventional attacks using a dirty bomb—seem more likely (because they are easier to carry out) than a fission event, but it is still useful to ask ourselves…
“What lessons from our research on fallout are applicable to events of radiological terrorism?” – Mary Olson
Genetic damage in offspring due to radiation exposure is well known, but not well documented for our generation to access. The medical impacts are important to track for this and future generations. We’ve watched our parents suffer the consequences, our children, for those able to bear children, and many now, their grand-children. Managing various health complications without access to critical information is an impact that most know nothing about. It became clear during my journey that there exists a need for medical information and resources become less burdensome.
Critical information is required for these casualties, the human unintended consequences, pursue proper medical care now. So much new technology can be leveraged to help understand these generational challenges. Due to the levels of secrecy various countries may have imposed historically, information is or has been either restricted, lost, fire damaged or classified by various departments of various governments. Not our concern or mission here at Children of Atomic Veterans.
Children of Atomic Veterans helps bridge the global gap to provide easier access to relevant information. If our information or resources benefit others affected by radiogenic cancers or genetic impacts of radiation exposure by any other circumstances, that will be a bonus. Our focus is to the service men and women around the globe and their families, as it poses particular challenges due to the levels of secrecy required, government and regulatory agencies, and records restrictions involved with service personnel. Civilians impacted by these research and test events have far more resources and substantially easier access to the necessary care, information and compensation options.