The first preliminary results from a scientific-medical study on the incidence of malignancies in children aged one to 18 years show an increase in the incidence of these diseases, especially malignant blood diseases in children aged 5 to 9, said Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Examining the Consequences of NATO Bombing of Serbia, Darko Laketic.
Laketic told the Politika daily that the study was based on research in cooperation with the Milan Jovanovic Batut Institute, that it was not completed and that these were the first results that were submitted to all the MPs in December for informative purposes.
He said that it could be concluded that “some poison affected these children, and since so many poisons were released into the environment during the 1999 bombing, it is easy to guess what it is.”
The study primarily concerns the incidence of malignant tumours, the so-called ectodermal tumours in children from the ages of one to five, the incidence of malignant blood diseases in children aged five to nine and the incidence of brain tumours in children aged nine to 18, said Laketic.
“Depleted uranium is just the tip of the iceberg. During the bombing, the pyralenes from power substations were released, which are perhaps the most powerful carcinogenic substances, as well as various poisons due to the bombing of paint and varnish factories and refineries,”Laketic said.