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Study to find if cancer cluster exists
Modern Healthcare

Health officials in Missouri’s 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 reports that a survey organized by residents and released in early 2014 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.

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