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.
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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.
Oftentimes, a preliminary, rough assessment such as described in this example is adequate to decide that there is not enough evidence of a cancer cluster, and no further investigation is necessary.
Recently there have been several news items about possible cancer clusters lain the Australian media.
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.
She said the Health Protection Agency had rejected a direct link between mobile masts and cancer clusters, and claimed that contrary to common belief, Agency head Sir William Stewart had never recommended siting masts away from schools.
Craig Trumbo adds considerably to the literature of risk communication with his study of the varying risk perceptions of people in Ames, IA, when confronted with the possibility that a cancer cluster existed in their community.
A literature review was conducted concerning cancer cluster investigations using the MEDLINE data base.
Were that true it would probably be the most amazing cancer cluster in history.
Freiwald, 48, is lead counsel for the Plaintiffs in the McCullom Lake brain cancer cluster litigation and other environmental tort cases.
In its 171 page ruling the court said: "From 1976 to 2009, the systemic emission of toxic gas dichloromethane R40 which is potentially carcinogenic created a cancer cluster in the area in question.
Chris Sununu has removed Steve Kenda of North Hampton from the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Commission after he wrote an oped piece saying there is no cancer cluster.