When contacted about a potential cancer cluster, NCEH defers to state health departments to provide the first level of response.
Because the media plays a large role in shaping public perception of cancer as well as community concerns about cancer, NCEH conducted a descriptive study of cancer cluster reports in the popular media and characterized the media reports retrieved.
In 2001, NCEH conducted a survey to assess state protocols for responding to cancer cluster inquiries and state criteria for conducting investigations.
To understand further the experiences of state health departments during recent cancer cluster investigations, NCEH conducted site visits to four states (New Jersey, Arizona, Massachusetts, Ohio) in which there were in-depth investigations of leukemia in circumscribed areas, documented protocols for handling cluster inquiries, and considerable experience and expertise in the investigation of disease clusters.
NCEH also sponsored two workshops during which representatives from 10 states (Massachusetts, Florida, California, South Carolina, Montana, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington) met and discussed cancer cluster activity.
26 million, which amount will be distributed to stockholders of NCEH after the final approval of the Settlement by the Delaware Chancery Court.
Through March 31, 2006, NCEH had incurred approximately $1.
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