Researchers find no evidence of Carlsbad cancer cluster
There’s no evidence of a cancer cluster in Carlsbad despite residents’ concerns to the contrary, according to researchers for the California Cancer Registry.
Residents began complaining earlier this year, saying by their unofficial account, hundreds of people who live and work in the area have been diagnosed with some form of cancer over the past several years.
About 300 people attended a public meeting Monday night at a Carlsbad hotel to hear from the researchers, who used data from the statewide registry and the U.S. Census Bureau to compare Carlsbad’s cancer rates with those of similar demographic groups, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
In all, the researchers examined 8,090 cases of 10 types of cancer that are of concern to the community and an additional 18 that are not, according to the newspaper.
Dr. Donald Lyman, who heads the state Department of Public Health’s division of chronic disease and injury control, said researchers could verified only 159 of the 323 cancer cases that were reported in the community’s unofficial count. The others were duplicates, cases involving animals instead of humans, patients who lived out of state when first diagnosed and incomplete reports, the Union-Tribune reported.
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