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Title: Childhood leukemia and fallout from the Nevada nuclear tests.
Authors: Land CE,  McKay FW,  Machado SG
Journal: Science
Date: 1984 Jan 13
Branches: REB
PubMed ID: 6691139
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: Cancer mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics, covering the period 1950 through 1978, were used to test a reported association between childhood leukemia and exposure to radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests in Nevada between 1951 and 1958. No pattern of temporal and geographic variation in risk supportive of the reported association was found. Comparison of these results with those presented in support of an association of risk with fallout suggests that the purported association merely reflects an anomalously low leukemia rate in southern Utah during the period 1944 to 1949.