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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.
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If case validation confirms an excess in occurrence, a field investigation should be conducted in order to further define epidemiologic characteristics of the potential cancer cluster.
To explore the issue of cancer clusters near hazardous waste sites, the author used a geographic information system (GIS) and spatial-scan statistical software, SaTScan (Version 6.
Launched three years ago by the French Cancer- Bio-Sante Cluster (located in Toulouse) and the Norwegian based Oslo Cancer Cluster, ECCP will propose an innovative, compact format in 2012, but will keep its unique, convivial and effective spirit.
NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes welcomed the outcome of the Concord investigation and said its thoroughness had set a model for future study of possible cancer clusters.
His evidence: "'The fact that three of the 29 primary brain and central-nervous-system tumors that occurred in Guilford during those 21 years developed among a handful of people who live in four of five adjacent houses on Meadow Street that are situated near a substation and very close to a pair of high-current distribution feeder lines, together with the fact that a malignant eye tumor, involving a tract of brain tissue, occurred in a woman who had lived in a sixth dwelling, next to a third feeder line, surely suggested that there was a cancer cluster of some significance on Meadow Street.
com) is deeply troubled to learn that the health officials searching for the cause behind a cancer cluster in The Acreage area of Palm Beach County, Florida, have halted their testing.
The Acreage was confirmed in 2010 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a brain cancer cluster during the period 2004-2007, after the Florida Department of Health reported a significant increase in pediatric brain tumors among children living in the Acreage community.
Oslo Cancer Cluster represents a strong R&D environment dedicated to oncology.
Such cancer cluster investigations rarely establish a link between cancers and specific chemicals, Leman said.
The scope of this cancer cluster investigation exceeded any previous study of pediatric leukemia.
has jumped from five to 60 -- suggesting that this must be the world's biggest cancer cluster.
Eileen, aged 41, of Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield, also outlined how she and fellow Wishaw residents uncovered a cancer cluster which they attribute to a T-mobile mast, since removed from the village.