Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, Iraq - World Uranium Weapons Conference 2003

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D.U. EFFECTS ON PEOPLE IN
THE SOUTH OF IRAQ
BY Dr. JAWAD AL-ALI, M.R.C.P.(U.K.).
CANCER TREATMENT CENTER,
BASRAH
INTRODUCTION
• D.U. WEAPONS WERE USED FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN THE HISTORY AGAINST IRAQI ARMY AND
CIVILIANS
DURING
THE
PERIOD
FROM
17/Jan./1991- 28/FEB./1991.
• 500-800 TONS WERE DELIVERED AND AT LEAST
300TONS DELIVERED AT THE WEST OF BASRAH.
• THE ESTIMATED POPULATION AT RISK OF
GETTING D.U. DISEASES ABOUT 45% OF THOSE
WHO WERE RESIDENT IN THE AREA AT THAT
TIME.
• NO AREA IN IRAQ IS EXCLUDED FROM THE
EFFECTS OF D.U.
D.U. AND HUMAN HEALTH IN
THE SOUTH OF IRAQ.
• INCREASE IN THE INCIDENCE OF
CANCERS FEW YEARS AFTER THE
1991 AGGRESSION.
• INCREASE IN FOETAL
MALFORMATIONS AND ABORTIONS.
• APPEARANCE
OF
MYOPATHIES,
NEUROPATHIES AND RENAL FAILUER
OF UNKNOWN CAUSES.
PATTERN OF CANCERS
AFTER 1991
• YOUNG AGED ARE AFFECTED BY
CANCERS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE.
• TYPES OF TUMOURS ARE RELATED TO
INCUBATION PERIODS WHICH MADE
RADIATION A POSSIBLE CAUSE.
• FAMILIAL CANCER CLUSTERING
IS
SEEN AFTER 1991 AGGRESSION.
• THE
TUMOURS
ARE
UNIFORMLY
DISTRIBUTED IN BASRAH.
INCIDENCE OF CANCERS
IN BASRAH.
• THE INCIDENCE OF CANCER IN 1988
ACCORDING TO LOCAL REGISTRY
WAS 11/100000 OF POPULATION.
• IN 1998 THE INCIDENCE INCREASED
TO 75/100000, WHILE IN 2001 THE
INCIDENCE RAISED TO 116/100000.
CANCER MORTALITY IN
BASRAH
Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
Of the left thigh after a shell
injury from an exploded
depleted uranium messile
Osteogenic sarcoma
N.H.L.
THANK YOU
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