State finishes study on cancers in Stericycle area

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new state health study shows elevated cancer rates in an area surrounding a much-maligned medical waste incinerator, but epidemiologists say they are probably not directly linked to the facility.

The Utah Department of Health study examined 35 years of cancer data in Bountiful, Centerville, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful and Woods Cross.

Rates of breast and prostate cancer were higher than the state average for 12 years, which is statistically-significant. Six other cancers were elevated for shorter periods that aren't statistically significant.

State epidemiologists say none of these cancers are linked to air, water or soil.

Gov. Gary Herbert called for the study amid growing concerns about the Stericycle facility.

The health department is waiting on results from soil samples taken near the plant checking for levels of dioxin and heavy metals.

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