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Health Effects in Fukushima Emergency Workers by Epidemiological Study of the Examination of Progress Report 2016-2019

Shanu Yadav*

The Epidemiological Study of Health Effects in Fukushima Emergency Worker was started in 2014 to clarify the long-term health effects from radiation exposure in emergency workers who responded to the radiation accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company, which was hit by a tsunami caused by the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku earthquake. In order to illustrate the characteristics of the research participants during this time, we sought to combine the findings of the Health Examination Study, which was conducted from January 2016 to March 2019. Those who underwent the initial physical examination and gave us permission to utilise their survey responses in our study were included. There were all men. Participants in the study had an average age of 51.6 years. The study subjects had higher rates of obesity, current smoking, and monthly alcohol use compared to Japanese men. The blood test findings between the study participants and healthy Japanese men showed no discernible changes. It is crucial to make efforts to stop study participants from leaving the cohort over time and to maintain their participation in the Health Examination Study in order to clarify the long-term health impacts of radiation exposure on emergency workers.


Radiation; Fukushima; Tepco; Emergency Workers; Cohort Study; Epidemiological Study

Published Date: 2023-05-30; Received Date: 2023-05-01