CURSE OF THE A-BOMB: Top Expert Finds Clear Evidence of Cancer link.(News)

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CURSE OF THE A-BOMB: Top Expert Finds Clear Evidence of Cancer link.(News)


Byline: ALAN RIMMER

A LEADING medical expert has accused the Government of covering up damning new evidence connecting A-bomb veterans to radiation-linked blood cancers.

Sue Rabbitt-Roff, senior research fellow at Dundee University, has produced a devastating new study into the health of Britain's nuclear test veterans.

Her team found in a study of just 2,000 nuclear test veterans that 71 had died from multiple myelomas - malignant tumours - or leukaemia.

Yet the Government's official study - using data on ALL 22,000 test vets - has found just 38 similar deaths.

The Dundee research backs The Sunday Mirror's own study which looked into the health of veterans, their children, grandchildren and even great-granchildren. We found leukaemia rates SIX TIMES the national average.

Both studies are putting the Government under extreme pressure to acknowledge genetic illnesses caused by radiation during the blasts.

The Dundee results have been presented to the National Radiological Protection Board for a third study now being conducted into the health of nuclear test participants.

But despite its clear evidence - backed up by death certificates and medical records - the NRPB has chosen to ignore it.

Instead they are sticking to their own heavily-criticised studies which they have previously claimed have shown no significant increase in health risks to the servicemen. …

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