Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 10:58 AM
Subject: Ltr to Editor on Thyroid Cancer Near Indian Point in Westchester
This letter was published in the November 28 issue of the Westchester
The attacks on RPHP research from the industry and some government
RPHP always has, and will continue to counter these attacks with
fact-based responses. The data, which are the result of extensive research, are
powerful - we believe just as powerful as pro-nuclear slogans.
Thyroid cancer rates are alarming
November 28, 2009
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Re ”Cancer-nuke plant link seems pretty weak,“ Nov. 20 article:
New research reveals that thyroid cancer rates near the Indian Point
nuclear power plant are among the highest in the nation. Government statistics
show that, compared to the U.S., thyroid cancer rates are 106 percent higher
in Rockland County; 102 percent higher in Putnam County; 87 percent higher
in Orange County; and 42 percent higher in Westchester County.
These figures are alarming. Unfortunately, Westchester County Health
Commissioner Joshua Lipsman maliciously attacks this research, done by the
Radiation and Public Health Project. RPHP, which I direct, comprises
professional scientists. Our research is factual, while he has no proof to support his
statements. My colleagues and I have published 25 papers on radiation
health risk in scientific journals, including the esteemed Lancet and British
Medical Journal. All papers were peer-reviewed by expert scientists who
found them to meet high professional standards. Lipsman never published a
single journal article on radiation health.
Lipsman mistakenly calls radiation releases from Indian Point ”below what
experts say is acceptable.“ The 2005 blue ribbon panel report by the
National Academy of Sciences concluded that even low radiation doses harm humans,
based on hundreds of scientific papers.
A rapidly rising number of local residents are being diagnosed with
thyroid cancer. Many are young and middle-aged, with no prior health problems. To
prevent cancer, all causes must be considered and understood. Research on
one of these causes must be taken seriously.
Joseph J. Mangano
Ocean City, N.J.
The writer is executive director of the Radiation and Public Health
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