Sunday, December 18, 2005

Nuclear link as cancer toll doubles in parts of Scotland

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Dumfries & Galloway (South West of Scotland)
1986
263 cancer deaths
2004
524 cancer deaths

Ayrshire/Arran (South West of Scotland)
1986
415 cancer deaths
2004
697 cancer deaths

Source: The Scottish Executive's figures published in the Sunday Express (Scotland) 18 December 2005.

Among the factors which may be causing the rise are:

1. Depleted uranium weapons testing on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, which is adjacent to Ayrshire/Arran

2. Leaks from Sellafield and other nuclear installations on the west coast.

3. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986





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