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Study does not show higher cancer rates in Hoosick Falls

Jun 08, 2017 12:03 am
Brendan J. Lyons in The Albany Times Union reports that a report from the state Health Department investigation found lower-than-normal rates of certain types of cancer in Hoosick Falls, where groundwater has been poisoned by PFOA chemicals. But cancers related to PFOA-exposure were not found in higher rates among Hoosick Falls residents. But some there were quick to point out the investigation did not take into account residents diagnosed with cancer after moving away from the village. Others noted that the report did not study cancer rates among people whose blood was found to contain elevated levels of PFOA. The purpose of the investigation was to determine whether village residents who consumed contaminated water had increased rates of cancer relative to the rest of the state," said Brad Hutton, deputy commissioner for public health. Read the full story in The Albany Times Union.
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