A-bomb suffering never ends.
The A-bomb's impact on human bodies is broadly
divided into acute disorders and aftereffects.
In Hiroshima, acute disorders caused by heat rays, fire, blast, and radiation
appeared immediately after the bombing. These effects faded in four to
five months. Even after the acute disorders were healed, however, the
effects of the A-bomb continued. The aftereffects included keloids (excessive
growth of scar tissue over a burn) and leukemia.
The number of survivors contracting leukemia increased noticeably
five to six years after the bombing. Ten years after the bombing, the
survivors began contracting thyroid, breast, lung and other cancers at
higher than normal rates.
Many babies inside their mothers' wombs at the time of the bombing
died before they were born. Of those born alive, some had a syndrome called