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Acreage Cancer Cluster

February 19th, 2010 by flanews

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control visited the Florida Department of Health today to discuss an action plan for the Acreage Cancer Cluster.

Women and children in the Palm Beach County community are experiencing higher than normal levels of brain cancer. State inspectors are in Acreage trying to find the source. Michael McGeehin, the CDCs Director of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, says the source may never be discovered.

The cause of these cancer clusters is virtually never found and part of that is that cancer has a large latency. Cancer clusters can variably have small numbers. They seem very large. Cancer clusters are difficult because of so many different exposures that might be association with cancer cluster, so when you are doing these investigations so many factors come into play, said McGeehin.

McGeehin says as the state searches for answers the public needs to be kept up to date on the states progress.

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