Montana Is Below Average For Fallout

Thursday September 16 8:43 AM ET

(Helena, Montana) -- Montanans are not getting more thyroid cancer then average, despite fallout from atomic testing that landed in the State in the 1950's and 1960's. Montana ranks 44th in thyroid related deaths, and below the national average in thyroid cancer cases. That's according to the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The study is an outgrowth of a federal study in 1997 that was conducted by the National Cancer Institute. The fallout on Montana was generated by outdoor testing of nuclear weapons in Nevada during the Cold War.