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EPA Unable to Identify Cause of Cancer Cluster

Osteosarcoma incidence rates
have increased 40% since 1970s
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been investigating possible environmental causes for a cluster of childhood cancer cases near West Salem, Oregon.  The investigation is in response to a public petition begun after numerous children were diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called osteosarcoma; at least 1 has died.
"Investigators tested for the presence of radium, found in some drinking water sources, that has been connected with osteosarcoma."
Radium is a radioactive metal found in uranium, radon is the radioactive gas formed when radium decays; both are known carcinogens.

A parent group, led by Craig Prosser, indicated more osteosarcoma cases are being reported by current and former West Salem youths.
“People are coming out of the woodwork,” Prosser said. “We’re just trying to find answers to help kids in the future not get sick.”
State Rep. Vicki Berger, stated she would keep pressure on officials to continue looking for a cause for the cancer cases.
“Nobody in this community is going to walk away from this,” she said. “Why would we? How could we?”

Read more:
EPA study finds no environmental cause for West Salem cancer cases | Statesman Journal | statesmanjournal.com


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