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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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Then-Governor Hassan established the New Hampshire Governors Task Force on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster in 2016.
Mind you, the government makes billions of pounds from mobile phone companies each year, so it doesn't surprise me one iota that a member of the government is suggesting, as a red herring, that Sellafield may be to blame for a childhood cancer cluster in North Wales.
But, in a Commons motion, Mr Meacher insisted Dr Busby's research echoed other studies of cancer clusters dating back to 1983.
"What was tested was not what we were drinking," said Linda Gillick, chairwoman of the Citizen's Action Committee on Childhood Cancer Cluster. Gillick's son, Michael, now 36, as a child was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system.
1984: A government report finds a cancer cluster near the controversial nuclear plant at Sellafield in Cumbria - but says it may not be linked to the plant.
The Toms River tragedy was the first time an epidemiological study linked chemical contaminants to a cancer cluster. The sequence of events illustrate what's wrong with how we assess the risks of industrial activity and, when evidence is apparent everywhere, how we look the other way.
Louis County where nuclear waste was produced and disposed of during the Cold War found no evidence of a "cancer cluster."
When subject matter experts in the Environmental Medicine Program of the US Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) are alerted to a reported "cluster" of cancer cases with a potential environmental exposure, the decision process determining whether the reported situation warrants a cancer cluster investigation should follow the scientific guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for investigating clusters of health events.
An area in southeast Louisiana along the lower Mississippi River has gained notoriety as a suspected "cancer corridor" due to the high concentration of petrochemical industrial sites and concern over increased cancer rates in the area, though multiple investigations have not validated this regionally perceived cancer cluster. (1) The concern that industrial and environmental contamination may be leading to what is known as a "cancer cluster" has become more popularized in recent years.
Cooper Tire and Toms River Ciba Geigy Cancer Cluster cases.
1984: Sellafield 'not linked' to cancer cluster A government report finds a cancer cluster near the controversial nuclear plant at Sellafield in Cumbria - but says it may not be linked to the plant.
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