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Health Department finds no links in Ware, Pierce children cancers

Special to SEGAZINE

The Southeast Health District has announced that the preliminary results of an investigation by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) began in February concluded that there is not an apparent connection between the cancers that have been diagnosed in nine Pierce and Ware County children, from 2011-2013.

It is not clear why Brantley was not included in that study.

The report showed that there were two cases in Ware County and seven cases in Pierce. While the number of cases in Ware County was well within the normal average for this time period, the number of cases in Pierce County was above average for the same time period.

The investigation started in February, after Public Health received numerous reports from residents of a perceived increase in cancer among children in Pierce and Ware counties. Residents voiced concerns to the GDPH that “something” must be causing the cancers in the children.

The investigation looked at cases reported to the agency as well as cases GDPH officials discovered during the investigation. The number of cases reviewed was nine. The investigation showed that the cases varied in “types” of cancers in both counties. That, along with varying known risk factors, such as where the children lived and known causes of those cancers, led GDPH investigators to conclude the cancers were unlikely to be connected.

For more information and the complete summary, visit: http://goo.gl/T5M13.

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