Nearly every member of the Mertensmeyer family has thyroid cancer. They grew up on a farm in Carrolton, Mo., a town that received high levels of fallout from nuclear bomb testing in the Nevada desert in the 1950s. The story shows that the average exposure to radiation was 2 rads (radiation absorbed dose), a level equivalent to about five times the exposure from a mammogram. The area of Missouri where this family grew up received around five times that amount. It is believed that children in fallout zones who drank fresh cow's milk are at greater risk for thyroid cancer.
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