Meeting: Little outcry over rise in cancer near toxic site
Original post made on Dec 4, 2012
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on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm
What is so very frustrating about the report from the cancer registry is that even thought there were almost double the cases of cancer that would be statistically expected, there is no data provided as to where (i.e. the street) those 31 residents lived or where they worked. In theory, they all could have lived on Walker Drive, which would be significant. Or they all could have worked at the same company or on base and not live anywhere near where exposure to TCE could have happened. So knowing that there were 31 cancer cases of a specific type when 17 were expected is very frustrating. From the data there is no way to prove or disprove that these were TCE-related cancers. It would be valuable to know more specifics because, although these may have been totally random or coincidental, again, without knowing more about the locations, how long they lived there, where they may have worked, we cannot come to any conclusion.
on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm
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@jane: my guess is that HIPAA restrictions may prevent release of data that would essentially identify the patients, but that's just a guess.
on Dec 5, 2012 at 7:11 am
The only verified environmental cause of cancer is second-hand cigarette smoke. Everybody knows that, right?