Leucémies chez les moins de 25 ans autour d'installations nucléaires en France et à l'étranger: revue des études épidémiologiques descriptives
Radioprotection (Apr-Jun 1999) v. 34(no.2) p. 149-176
Starting in 1984, many epidemiologic studies have analyzed the risk of leukemia among young people aged 0-24 years living near nuclear sites principally in Great Britain, but also in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Israel, and Japan. Local studies have observed abnormally high concentrations of leukemia cases near nuclear sites, especially near the Sellafield and Dounreay reprocessing plants in Great Britain. More recently, and excess of leukemia cases has been observed among the 0-14 year-old near the Kruemmel nuclear power plant in Germany. All these studies are based on very low numbers of cases. In parallel, extensive studies considering several sites simultaneously have been carried out. The conclusions do not suggest that the frequency of leukemia among young people is higher near nuclear sites than elsewhere. Clusters of leukemia cases have also been observed in zones far from any nuclear site. In France, some studies have been conducted around the La Hague and Marcoule nuclear sites, and two multi-sites mortality studies have been performed. Their results do not indicate the existence of a significant excess of leukemia cases among young people around any nuclear plant in France.