Greenpeace claims that approximately 250,000 people have cancer as a result of Chernobyl, with 100,000 of those resulting in fatalities. The World Health Organization claimed that 50,000 young people would be afflicted with thyroid cancer, and that over 36% of children younger than four could expect to develop the disease. However, a 2001 report by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation debunked all these claims, stating that the only cancer incidence seen was an increase in thyroid cancer among children, which could have been attributed to other causes (http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/chernobyl.html)
Almost 2,000 people have gotten thyroid cancer as a result of Chernobyl. According to US and UK scientists, this is the largest amount of cancer cases resulting from a single incident. However, thyroid cancer is a treatable cancer, so few have died. Over 5 million people were exposed to hazardous conditions following the disaster.
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