[ RadSafe ] Go Figure: How can you explain cancer clusters?

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Fri May 13 15:44:22 CDT 2011

Or there can be a causal relationship, just not the one people think.

I am reminded of a story (it may be true, but as I've heard similar
stories for different facilities, it might be illustrative of a concept)
of a "study" by a group against a particular facility (a nuclear power
plant in one of the versions, but any big industrial facility will do),
showing that cancer deaths increased in the county the facility was
located in, starting shortly after operations started.  What was not in
the study was that, in part due to increased tax base, a county hospital
was opened about the time that cancer deaths increased.  Previously,
residence of that county who had cancer had gone to other hospitals in
other counties, and often died there.  

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