Seeking to allay fears about cancer and radiation,Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) Director of Kakrapar Atomic Power project L K Jain claimed that incidence of the dreaded disease among nuclear plant workers is considerably less than that among the general public.
In a seminar on the Scientific meet on Radiation and Cancer,organised in Surat by the NPCIL on Tuesday,Jain shared the information about a study carried out by The Tata Memorial Cancer covering health profile of the employees at nuclear power stations during the period of 1995 to 2000.
The incidence of cancer among nuclear power plant workers is nearly half of the national prevalence rate of the disease,he said.
Employees working in nuclear power stations in close proximity of radiation are not prone to any higher rate of occurrence of disease,particularly cancer,than the general public,he added.
Radiation is present everywhere. It is in food and also in electronic gadgets which we use daily. Even the radioactive elements like Potassium 40,Radium 226 and Radium 228 are also present in the human body, said H R Bhatt,Chief Engineer Health and Physics at NPCIL.
Professor of Radiation Oncology Dr Siddharth Laskar said routine medical check-ups like dental X-ray,chest X-ray,CT scan etc. deliver radiation several times higher than those from nuclear power plant. The Tata Memorial Cancer had carried out epidemiological survey of NPCIL employees and found that the average death rate due to cancer among NPCIL employees is 29.05 per lakh of population while that of the general public is 68 per lakh of population.