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  • Could living in a cancer cluster raise my insurance rates?
  • February 22, 2013
  • Oroville, Calif. – Between 2004 and 2006, there were 34 cases of pancreatic cancer in this small city in Northern California.  It was determined that a wood treatment facility that pressure treated wood with pentachlorophenol (PCP) had a history of contaminating the ground water. The plant burned down in the late 1980s.  Source: California Department of Health, March 2009, Pancreatic Cancer Follow-up Investigation Report.

    Palm Beach, Fla. – Residents of the Acreage subdivision voiced concerns over a possible brain cancer cluster (1997 to present) in their neighborhood. To date, 104 cases of brain cancer have been submitted to the Florida Department of Health. Of those, 90 have been verified. The New York-based law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, (Erin Brockovich is a consultant at this law firm) met with residents this year to discuss their concerns. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is investigating.  Source: Florida Department of Health, Palm Beach County Health Department.

    Clyde, Ohio (Sandusky County and Surrounding areas)— From 1996 to 2006, there were 277 cases of childhood cancer in Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Erie and Huron counties. The case is still under investigation. Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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