Nevada’s Nuclear Test Sites – Assistance to Residents

Doctor helping the patient
For some years, people living in Nevada and surrounding states were exposed to nuclear radiation. Many people became seriously ill from this exposure, and even today, the Nevada test site is contaminated with high levels of radiation. Not just the soil, but even the ground water. Bureaucratic red tape and a lack of cohesive and clear scientific data have left people in need without adequate help.

After a lot of awareness campaigns and agitation, the state and federal governments have offered help and compensation to those in need. This includes miners, engineers, carpenters and many other groups who were in the area. Many of them participated indirectly in the nuclear blasts, through their work.

Services offered by healthcare providers

Several groups have now gotten together to offer some services such as medical screenings in accordance with the National Medical Protocol. Current and former workers who worked at sites for 30 days or more can get tested.

Hazards covered

People who have been exposed to hazardous materials such as beryllium, asbestos, uranium, radiation, and silica to name a few are eligible. The screening exam covers health issues such as emphysema, kidney and liver problems, specific cancers and silicosis.

What is included in the exam?

The following medical tests are offered to participants, free of cost, and they have the right to refuse any test.

  • Physical Exam
  • Chest X-Rays
  • Hearing Test
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete blood test

Based on need, doctors may require a few other tests and will inform patients accordingly

People who believe they need assistance are encouraged to enroll, especially if they have been exposed to hazardous, radioactive material. They are far more likely to develop specific illnesses and to get access to experts will help in a quicker diagnosis. All medical history will be kept confidential and not shared with anyone, without consent.