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]

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Steve C March 5, 2010 at 5:33 am


That’s all I can say is Wow! If they do find a link, that’s going to go off like an explosion. OMG. Feeling lucky that I only lived in Carlsbadistan for a year, though I worked there for many.


Rita D March 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Thank goodness this has finally received media attention. While my son attended Kelly (he is now a junior at Carlsbad High), Kelsey Devitch passed away, my husband was diagnosed w/cancer, two teachers have been through cancer treatments, two of my son’s classmates have been diagnosed w/lymphoma (Chase was one of them–), my son was diagnosed with a chronic blood disease that requires chemotherapy treatment. While receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital, we saw two former Kelly kids who were older than my son receiving cancer treatment. My youngest son who is 12 was diagnosed at age three with a rare seizure disorder, possible due to metal toxicity. Looking at more than cancer incidents will paint a much clearer picture.

Christy C. March 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Due to the numerous Cancer cases in Carlsbad we are in the process of completing a website to report cases to…I can forward you the questionnaire for the website, if you want to forward me your email.

Cindy B March 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I would be interested to see if there is a connection to drywall or carpeting in these homes that is contaminated. I hope they look into when these homes were built, and if they were part of the housing boom and HOA’s that have sprung up in the last 10-15 years in Carlsbad.

denise litt March 20, 2010 at 7:05 am

why don’t the residents of Cbad just take a glass of water to the local lab and get it tested?

thomas gonsalez March 23, 2010 at 5:25 am

I lived in Carlsbad 1995 to 2008 I moved to Idaho late 2008. In June 2009 I had a football size tumor removed along with my kidney.

Salli March 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

This is so interesting and scary! We moved to Carlsbad the fall of 1968…in 1982 my mother died of leukemia…..later my dad died of leukemia….my sister died two years ago of leukemia…..we all lived in Carlsbad…

Jessie March 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Does anyone know how long the USC Medical research is going to take before they can determine if Carlsbad is considered a “cancer cluster” and what is the cause?

Jman April 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

two words, geo engineering and chemtrails.

Karen Heilman April 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Has anyone created a map that shows where the cancer patients lived and/or went to school so we can have a visual of where it is clustered in Carlsbad? We are thinking of moving to Carlsbad and are concerned.

Thank you.

Katie April 28, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Here’s a link to the website:

patty April 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I live in Loxahatchee other wise known as The Acreage and we are also in a cancer cluster for a rare brain cancer affecting mostly girls. My two girls get lots of headaches and I had MRI’s and are fine but we are still leaving our house. We are afraid every day we are here, unknown to what we are exposed to. I have had two neighbors pass away and someone in our area created a web-site:, zoom out on the map on the main page to see some of the reported cases. Our area is rural with mostly dirt roads, horse trails, homes are on 1 or more acres, good schools and very quiet. They tested our water and soil and have not found an answer. All I can say is do what is right for your family, I’m a realtor and want to let you guys know there is a program that might help you if you need to leave, look up HAFA in the computer, it is a deed in lieu program that could help pay for moving expenses. I wish you all luck. Maybe if other areas join forces we may be able to find a common denominator or voice to government, just a thought.

Anthony April 30, 2010 at 12:33 am

We moved to Carlsbad in 2002. 6 months after our daughter was born, she was diagnosed with AML and passed 2 months after. We no longer live in Carlsbad, but I am very concerned about the exposure of my wife and children.

Cindy May 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

during the housing boom, it has been found that some builders have used Chinese drywall manufactured in China that may have high amounts of cancer causing materials.

Julia May 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

Does anyone know where data from the state is showing cluster / no cluster? I would really like to see the actual numbers of childhood cancers, and how they came to that conclusion.

Ry May 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Julia, There are now pictures on the website that show all cases in Carlsbad in the last few years. Looking at the pictures you will see that there is a problem and a cluster.

Susan June 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

The school(s) there should be checked for indoor dampness and mold, which certainly has been reported by many ill from these types of buildings, to develop cancer. Mycotoxins (mold toxins or poisons) are proven to be carcinogenic if ingested. There is some indication that these also cause cancers when inhaled or they land on the skin via moldy indoor environments. A good test for indoor mold is the ERMI test, developed by US EPA. Learn more at

Debbie June 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

My mother died of an inoperable brain tumor in 1992. She was diagnosed 6 months before that. She was a piano teacher in Carlsbad and taught students at St. Patricks School during the day and after school at home. She was very devoted to all her students and they all loved and respected her as they all learned to play piano from Carlsbad’s well-known piano teacher. For several decades she taught piano and lived a few blocks from Carlsbad High School.
One day she complained of a cramping in her leg that soon led to tests and brain scans that finally showed the tumor in her brain. After a mini-craniautomy, the brain surgeon told us the grim news that it was an inoperable tumor and said my mother would have only about 6 months to live.
She soon stopped teaching piano and told us she didn’t want to be in a hospital and didn’t want chemo-therapy. Slowly the tumor took over and she lost her speech and then from there it was downhill.
I always wondered what had caused her brain tumor and wondered if it had been caused by something environmentally. It’s still a mystery that our family hasn’t been able to solve to this day.

James June 16, 2010 at 6:40 am

The district had the soil tested at Carlsbad High School and found significant enough toxin levels to justify tearing down and rebuilding the football stadium. It’s not a hard stretch to imagine that this wasn’t the only patch of contaminated ground in the area. The apparent resistance to testing at Kelly is baffling, especially given the offers made by the public to pay for it!

Joe June 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

Maybe it’s also something to do with the Huge Power Lines that run ajacent to most of these locations. I remember hearing about some sort of link between the high voltage and surrounding areas having cancer clusters. Hope they look at that in the study too…… My heart goes out to all of the familys.

NON-THERMAL LONG TERM August 11, 2010 at 11:05 am,0,7715148.story

Cell Phone Antennas Blamed for Kindergarten Cancer Cases!!!!


FRANCES December 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm
CB neighbor February 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I am surpised that the power line issue did not get more attention. What is unique about Carlsbad is NOT their farms (almost all neighboring communitites have them, and more of them). So it’s not the fertilizers, etc. What IS unique about Carlsbad is miles and miles of high-power lines running over the schools, neighborhoods, playgrounds etc. There is a definite link between the massive amount of radiation coming from these lines and cancer – even though the industry tries its best to claim that data is “insufficient”.

The problem with identifying “clusters” in this region is that people are relatively mobile. So, even if you lived in carlsbad area, you may have moved a few times over the years to a new development, etc. If someone could map ALL the PREVIOUS residences of the victims, and overlay the powerlines, I bet there would be correlation.

David May 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I lived in Carlsbad and on September 2001 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I saw the news report were a father of a cancer victim brought this out to the media. I lived on Magnolia/Jefferson.

Ricky November 26, 2011 at 12:09 am
melissa February 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

Why are all the links to maps to identify the specific areas within carlsbad not working??? A while ago there was a pindrop map made by a youth with cancer and now that is gone too. How can I find out the neighborhoods that have the highest numbers?

Ashley March 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I lived in Carlsbad for 6 years. I was diagnosed this past June with Hodgkins Lymphoma. I went through 6 months of chemotherapy treatment and am now Cancer free. Thank God. I am trying to look for the maps but the site is down. Are there any other maps? I lived off of Poinsettia.

Ps: I have 2 other friends that had cancer that lived in Carlsbad as well.

Sheldon April 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO DIE or SUFFER CANCER, SOMEONE IS LIEING, there is enough information on this page to make a case for concerns, ONE DEATH is ONE too many, ENOUGH of the LIES. DONT LIVE IN CARLSBAD in my opinion. Make it a 3mile island and nobody live there, bye bye Energy Plant your toxic. 2012

FRANCES TORRENCE May 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm


alex June 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

guys what is going on,,,
all forums and past sites with info relating to Carlsbad cancers are gone..
Is someone trying to cover up something pretty bad here?
Lets get together to get a straight story on this….post up any relative info please

Jimmies Rustlin September 9, 2012 at 2:53 am

Hello all,

To those concerned with various websites going down – I don’t have an answer. Nevertheless, you can use this website to dig up any websites history. Any time a website gets updated, transferred or whatever, a snapshot of the pages are taken and stored. Just enter the address of the website you are looking for.

The Wayback Machine:

Stella C. March 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

As a survivor of Brain tumor cancer, I can remember going to elementary school at Pacific Rim elementary and hanging out with Karissa and AJ after school or during lunches.

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