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Cancer Cluster Results Today

by The Editors on June 28, 2010

The State of California will reportedly release “initial results” today (Monday June 28, 2010) of analysis on whether statistics show that there is an “unusually high” number of Cancer cases (or cancer cluster) in Carlsbad, according to a story on

The state focused its analysis on all cancer cases in Carlsbad. But some in the community say the state’s review is not sufficiently targeted. Residents say there have been more than 400 cancer cases within a three-mile radius over the last decade.

Other residents are requesting that the dirt, air, and water be tested at Kelly School, according to a sorry in the North County Times because 18 people associated with the school have developed cancer.

[Link: KPBS and North County Times]


Carlsbad Cancer Cluster?

by The Editors on March 4, 2010

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NBC San Diego investigates a possible cancer cluster in Carlsbad. But the North County Times says that California Health officials say there is nothing unusual about the number of cancer cases in Carlsbad.

Officials released that information Wednesday, after word spread that local parents are mounting a new campaign to get the state and the county to test soil, water and air conditions in some parts of the city. . . “Each (state) assessment concluded that there was no evidence of any usual pattern of cancers compared to the rest of San Diego County,” August wrote.

[Link: NBC San Diego and North County Times]


Lots Of Cancer But No Carlsbad Cluster

by The Editors on June 30, 2010

California State epidemiologists explained to a large group of concerned citizen at Carlsbad’s Sheraton Resort on Monday night June 28, 2010 that there is a difference between lots of cancer and a “cancer cluster.”

According to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune the researchers studied 8,000 cases of cancer in Carlsbad between 1996 and 2008 and found that while there were higher than average instances of melanoma and cancer in adult women, but there was nothing to suggest a cluster.

“When we dig deeper we don’t see anything underlying these numbers and pointing a finger at anything specific,” Dr. Margaret McCusker said. . . .Epidemiologists also considered 323 cases that a community survey turned up, Lyman said. Health officials couldn’t verify about half of those cases and the rest did not add up to enough cases to affect their results. . . . Studies in 2007 and 2008 also found nothing unusual about the incidences or types of cancer in the area, but community members want more up-to-date information.

While it is good news, it doesn’t do much to answer the questions of parents who have lost children to cancer in Carlsbad. For more information visit the City of Carlsbad’s Cancer information page here.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Families Want Carlsbad Cancer Testing

by The Editors on June 16, 2010

KUSI sits with two Carlsbad parents who believe that there is a “cancer problem” in Carlsbad even though researchers say the statistics don’t show a “cancer cluster.” They say they want more tests.

[Link: KUSI]