Cancer consequences of the Chernobyl accident in Europe outside the former USSR: a review

Int J Cancer. 1996 Jul 29;67(3):343-52. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0215(19960729)67:3<343::AID-IJC7>3.0.CO;2-R.


The accident which occurred during the night of April 25-26, 1986 in reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine released considerable amounts of radioactive substances into the environment. Outside the former USSR, the highest levels of contamination were recorded in Bulgaria, Austria, Greece and Romania, followed by other countries of Central, Southeast and Northern Europe. Studies of the health consequences of the accident have been carried out in these countries, as well as in other countries in Europe. This report presents the results of a critical review of cancer studies of the exposed population in Europe, carried out on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. Overall, three is no evidence to date of a major public health impact of the Chernobyl accident in the field of cancer in countries of Europe outside the former USSR.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Leukemia, Radiation-Induced / epidemiology
  • Leukemia, Radiation-Induced / etiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / etiology
  • Power Plants*
  • Radioactive Hazard Release*
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / etiology
  • Ukraine / epidemiology