Iraqi doctors demand cancer probe


Al Jazeera
May 20, 2010

Iraqi doctors believe depleted uranium from US military equipment used in the 2003 invasion is spreading cancer through the population.

They are recording a shocking rise in the number of cancer victims south of Baghdad, they claim.

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Outraged, they have demanded an investigation be held into the matter.

In 2004, 500 cases of cancer were diagnosed there. That figure rose to almost 1,000 two years later. By 2008, the number of cases had increased sevenfold to 7,000.

Many Iraqi doctors say radiation has caused this alarming increase in cancer rates and birth defects among Iraqi children.

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