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The Acreage Cancer Cluster Study Enters 2nd Phase

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The second phase of The Acreage cancer cluster study is now underway.  Workers from the Florida Department of Health are visiting over a dozen families who have a child diagnosed with a brain tumor to determine if there are any commonalities that could explain their illnesses.

According to cbs4.com, health department workers have already visited three families in The Acreage to administer a lengthy interview which includes questions on immunizations, types of food eaten and international travel.  Workers are also surveying land around the homes.  The investigators hope to find a common link between the children that could explain why they have all developed brain tumors.

As we’ve reported previously, residents of The Acreage have been concerned about a cancer cluster since several children living in close proximity to each other were diagnosed with brain tumors.
Earlier this summer, residents’ concerns prompted the Florida Department of Health to begin a study of cancer rates in the area.

One major concern many residents of The Acreage have is that radiation could be tainting their water supply.  As we reported previously, tests on wells conducted by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) did not reveal any toxins, but tests on four wells did reveal levels of alpha particles, radium-226 or radium-228, that exceed drinking water standards. Radium-226 and radium-228 are naturally occurring radioactive metals that could cause cancer at elevated levels.

The four wells where elevated levels of radium-225 or radium-228 were detected did not appear to be near the locations where residents have reported brain cancer in children.  Ground water in the community was deemed safe by the DEP.

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