cancer cluster

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A cancer that occurs in a group of people living or working in a geographically defined region who may share one or more environmental factors—e.g., DES by their mothers— and a characteristic lesion—e.g., vaginal adenocarcinoma—in common

cancer cluster

Epidemiology A cancer that occurs in a group of people living or working in a geographically defined region who may share one or more environmental factors–eg, DES, and a characteristic lesion–eg, vaginal adenoCA, in common. See Clusters.

cancer cluster

The occurrence of many cancers in a small geographical area or a defined population in much greater numbers than would be expected through chance alone.
See also: cluster
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Fears of cancer clusters developing in North Birmingham were voiced last night as two mobile companies submitted plans for new phone masts in the area.
In summary, the cluster of childhood leukemia cases in Churchill County appears to be one of the most unusual childhood cancer clusters ever reported and may warrant further investigation.
But unlike areas where scientists noted cancer clusters such as in California's Marin County and Boston, no clusters have been found in Santa Clarita, Barstis said.
GOVERNMENT experts last night ruled out links between childhood cancer clusters in North Wales and nuclear radiation.
These studies supplement, and most often precede, epidemiologic, clinical, and other studies, such as those on cancer clusters or occupational or environmental exposures, which are reported for human populations.
Antonovich, after residents raised concerns about cancer clusters while testifying during hearings on the landfill's water permit, which ultimately was granted.
The anecdotal evidence of cancer clusters in communities like Wishaw -where a high-profile protest against a mast continues -is concerning.
Hence anecdotal evidence about cancer clusters near electricity pylons or nuclear power stations for example, compelling as it might seem to lay people, is dismissed until proven.
And when cancer clusters are investigated, the cases are often too few to prove an association with pesticides.
Hayden said the possibility of cancer clusters at the schools would confirm suspicions raised by the Belmont scandal.
Mrs Carlisle's calls come as the debate surrounding cancer clusters rages on.
But, in a Commons motion, Mr Meacher insisted Dr Busby's research echoed other studies of cancer clusters dating back to 1983.