The first preliminary results from a scientific-medical study on the incidence of malignancies in children aged 1 to 18 show an increase in the incidence of these diseases, especially malignant blood diseases in children ages 5 to 9 – said the chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Investigation of the consequences of the NATO Bombing of Serbia, Darko Laketic .
Laketic told the Politika daily that the study was based on the research done in cooperation with the Milan Jovanovic Batut Institute, that it was still ongoing and that those were the first results that were sent to all Serbian MPs in December.
He said that it was concluded that “the children covered by the study were exposed to some kind of poisonous matter, and since so many poisons were released into the environment during the 1999 bombing, it’s easy to guess the source.”
The study is primarily concerned with the incidence of malignant tumors, the so-called ectodermal tumors in children aged 1 to 5, then the incidence of malignant blood diseases in children aged 5 to 9, and the incidence of brain tumors in children aged 9 to 18 – said Laketic .
“Depleted uranium is just the tip of the iceberg. During the bombing, the pyralenes from the electric substations, which are perhaps the most powerful carcinogens, were released into the ground during the bombing, as well as benzenes and various other toxins due to the bombing of paint and varnish factories and refineries,” Laketic added.
He went on to say that the preliminary report would not be discussed and that the study was forwarded to all Serbian MPs so they could get acquainted with the work of the Commission and the first results.
“I am willing to take all suggestions from the deputies and the public on board,” said Laketic, adding that, unfortunately, none of the MPs called him as yet.
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