2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2010 11:37:19 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Ft. Detrick (MD) cancer debate
Cancer-cluster theory on paper, rage in father's heart

By Petula Dvorak
Washington Post Columnist
August 6, 2010

It began with a neighbor dying, then an uncle who lived down the street, then all the livestock on one Maryland farm fell dead, one cow after another.


"There have only been a few reported cancer clusters that have proven to be real clusters," Melissa Bondy, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, wrote in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "People get alarmed when they hear about cancers at various sites in an area. There have been some that epidemiologists have been able to untangle, but most cancer clusters have not been well documented. They usually don't pan out to be anything."

Try telling that to Randy White, whose 30-year-old daughter died of brain tumors in 2008. Now his ex-wife has stage four renal cancer, and another daughter has stomach tumors.

White grew up in Frederick and raised his family there. But when the Whites moved to Florida and began getting sick, a doctor looked collectively at their illnesses and told them that they weren't genetic, they were environmental.


For the entire column, see


Lenny Siegel
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