Chernobyl, 20 Years After the Disaster

See photos of the aftereffects of the April 26, 1986, explosion at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the worlds worst industrial disaster.
<< Previous   4 of 6   Next >>
Doctors at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, operate on a patient with thyroid cancer. Normally a very rare disease, thyroid cancer rates have reached epidemic proportions in areas contaminated by fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The thyroid is the gland that concentrates iodine in the body. It is therefore particularly vulnerable to developing tumors when exposed to nuclear radiation that contains high levels of radioactive iodine.

Fortunately thyroid cancer is fairly easily treated, and success rates have been high.

Nuclear Power: It Could Save the Earth
More Photos in the News
Today's Top 15 Most Popular Stories
Free E-Mail Newsletter: "Focus on Photography"
Photograph by REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.