Dr. Tsubokura's Radiation Lecture Vol.127
Author: Masaharu Tsubokura M.D., PhD.
Editors: Akihiko Ozaki M.D., PhD., Yuki Senoo
253. Communication and connecting with people in the community as a form of health management
First, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all those who have suffered and are still suffering from the damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis (19th typhoon), which struck Japan in October 2019. Over the past few weeks, we have been introducing a series of articles addressing the several health risks following the disaster, which we learned from experiences related to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
A recent study demonstrated that, after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, undiagnosed breast cancer patients in Fukushima Prefecture’s Hamadori area were more likely to make their first consultations after their diseases became more advanced, compared to before the earthquake. In general, as the disease progresses, treatment options may become more limited, and surgery becomes more difficult.
For example, if you wake up in the morning and find your family member sick in b