Study to see if cancer cluster exists

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — Health officials in St. Louis County plan to examine a potential cancer cluster in the area around Coldwater Creek, a waterway contaminated decades ago with nuclear waste.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1r6SRvK ) reports that a survey organized by residents and released earlier this year shows 1,242 cancers among 3,300 people who lived near the creek, which runs from St. Ann to the Missouri River.

The survey was begun after residents noticed a spike in diseases among people from the area who graduated from McCluer North High School in Florissant in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Waste from atomic bomb production in downtown St. Louis was dumped in the creek in the 1940s, including uranium, thorium and radium.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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