2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Mar 2007 00:30:25 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Fallon (NV) leukemia cluster
Cancer Cluster: Tracking a Killer in Nevada

By Jeffrey Norris
UCSF Today
March 9, 2007

An environment rife with arsenic, tungsten, cobalt and jet fuel does not seem adequate to explain an unusually high incidence of childhood leukemia - three deaths and 16 cases in all - that first struck Fallon, Nevada, almost a decade ago. Despite a major public health investigation launched by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no smoking weapon of a caliber sufficient to account for the cluster has been found.

Still, driven by lingering pain and frustration, affected families in this rural town - 60 miles east of Reno on a stretch of US Highway 50 dubbed "the Loneliest Road in America" - are determined that the search continue.

UCSF molecular epidemiologist Joseph Wiemels, PhD, is one of three scientists recently awarded new research grants to study the Fallon cluster. Local families had a hand in moving politicians to appropriate the money and, along with the usual scientist "peers," in deciding which research proposals to support.


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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