15 Fukushima Workers Have Cancer

OKUMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 23: Workers of TEPCO and the Kajima Corporation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant pose for portraits on February 23, 2016 in Okuma, Japan. March 11, 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami which claimed the lives of 15,894, and the subsequent damage to the reactors at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant causing the nuclear disaster which still forces 99,750 people to live as evacuees away from the contaminated areas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A new report out of TEPCO and the various parties involved in decommissioning documents that 15 workers from Fukushima Daiichi have developed cancer. These cancers are considered sufficiently linked to their work at the plant during the initial disaster and the subsequent effort to manage the site.

8 workers have developed leukemia.
5 workers have developed malignant lymphoma
2 workers have multiple myeloma

These counts would not include any of the other response workers such as SDF or Tokyo Fire Department workers who also responded to the disaster at the plant.

 image credit | time.com

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