Published On: Mon, Sep 28th, 2015

State: Can’t confirm cancer cluster in Waycross area

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State public health officials said Monday that based on their initial analysis, unusual childhood cancer cases in the Waycross area do not constitute a cancer cluster. Ware CountyRelatives and community members in the southeast corner of Georgia have reported three childhood sarcoma cases in Ware County and one in a neighboring county that were diagnosed within two months of one another this summer. The cancers revived fears in the community that there is a connection to where they live, and raised fears of a link to industrial contamination in the Waycross area. Cherie Drenzek, the state epidemiologist, said in a conference call with community members Monday that the four cases were confirmed as cancers, but that because they were in different counties, they were not geographically clustered together.

Source: State: Can’t confirm cancer cluster in Waycross area | Georgia Health News

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