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Research of the causes of leukaemia in children and adolescents

Recommendation by the German Commission on Radiological Protection

Adopted at the 288th meeting of the German Commission on Radiological Protection on 19 and 20 June 2017

Abstract

In its assessment of the epidemiological study on cancer in children in areas around nuclear power plants (KiKK study), the German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK) determined in 2008 that "further, interdisciplinary research of the causes and mechanisms leading to the development of childhood leukaemia is necessary".
Until 2016, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) carried out five international workshops with the goal of developing a strategic research plan to further clarify the aetiology of childhood leukaemia. Based on the results of these workshops, BfS initiated five preliminary studies whose goal was to investigate whether the respective recommended approach effectively contributes to clarifying the complex causes of leukaemia in children and adolescents and whether a recommendation for conducting future studies can be derived from it. At request by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) the SSK evaluated these preliminary studies briefly and highlighted their perspectives, followed by an assessment in the context of the overall question and a recommendation on further actions.

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