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Doctor: residents need not worry about radiation

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - KUAM News spoke with local physician Dr. Chris Perez regarding radiation fallout. He's all too familiar with the subject, as he was part of a blue ribbon panel formed several years ago to examine whether nuclear tests conducted during World War II had an impact on island residents.

Dr. Perez says from what he knows about the situation the people on Guam don't have much to fear at this point, noting, "The system in Japan is fairly safe and I think the types of nuclear reactors that they use in the nuclear power plants have systems in place to try and protect themselves from any kind of catastrophic radiation if there is a maladventure, so I'm not really feeling bad about our situation on Guam. I want our people to understand the experts are monitoring it and if we do here anything that might impact the island, we certainly have enough information to protect the island."

Perez says in this case the trade winds will work in Guam's favor and he points out people are able to withstand certain amounts of radiation. "I want people to understand radiation is something that is with us all the time we get radiation from the sun and gas you get radiation from a chest x-ray or CT-scan, so we don't have to fear radiation you just have to have an understanding that at certain levels our bodies can cope with it," he assured the community.

Perez says it can only affect humans when large amounts are released into the atmosphere, but it seems for now - Guam is in the clear.

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