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Do Cancer Cases Cluster Around Atomic Plants?

Research into whether people living close to nuclear power plants are more likely to get cancer is not conclusive.
July 22, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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" 'Of the 14 areas studied, the two counties closest to the reactors in St. Lucie County had the highest cancer rates,' said principal researcher Joseph Mangano, national coordinator of the RPHP. Mangano said the Florida State Cancer Registry lists four cases in St. Lucie County for children under 10 from 1981 to 1983, but this increased to 30 cases from 1996 to 1998. Accounting for a near doubling of population, the incidence still represents a 40 percent increase, compared to an average national increase of 11 percent in childhood cancers."

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Published on Thursday, July 22, 2004 in Environmental News Network
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