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what is a cancer cluster?

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Dr. Pallav Mehta
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
More than expected: A cancer cluster is a term used by statisticians and epidemiologists to refer to a greater than expected incidence of cancer in a certain group of people in the same geographic area over a certain period of time, often suggesting an environemental link. A notable historical example is testicular cancer among chimney sweeps in 18th century london.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: When a number of cases of cancer of the same type occur in a small area. See this for more info on this topic. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/clusters.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I learn more about cancer clusters?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Cancer reporting: States have requirements for reporting cases of cancer. For additional information you may wish to consult the following website: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/clusters.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How does the CDC hear about a suspicion of a cancer cluster?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Cancer reporting: States have requirements for reporting cases of cancer. For additional information you may wish to consult the following website: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/clusters.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are different types of cancer you can get?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Name an Organ...: Cancer may develop in just about any organ in the body, with the most frequent sites including the skin, breast, prostate, lung, colon, uterus, thyroid, head and neck, kidney, bladder, brain, bone, blood cells, lymph nodes, stomach, pancreas, liver, esophagus to name but a few.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What's an example of a notable cancer cluster besides love canal?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Too many to list: Thanks to love canal investigation, thousands of cancers were prevented by public awareness, vigilance by federal epidemiologists who were always watching, cleaning and preventing contamination, along with several agencies, like us agency for toxic substance and disease registry, cdc, epa, niehs and several local govt agencies. Look at their web sites for location and how you can help.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Please explain who tracks newly diagnosed cancer cases regarding cancer clusters?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Registrars...: Most cancer centers employ a cancer registrar(s). These peole keep detailed records of all the patients seen in their geographic areas and compile statistics that are reported to state and federal agencies. You could contact your local cancer center to see who the registrar is there if you have a local concern. Hope that this helps.

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