MAR 17, 2017 7:58 AM PDT

Cancer "Hot Spots" From Hazardous Waste


A study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine shows a six percent increase in cancer cases in location in Florida that are near Superfund hazardous waste sites. In comparison counties in which there are no Superfund sites had lower rates of cancer, specifically cancers that strike men such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer. The state has 71 hazardous waste sites that are designated as Superfund sites and pose the most risk to "human health." Eight counties were identified in the research as being "hot spots"

Authors of the study suggest that the work is a starting point for the affected areas. They suggest that the data be used by local officials to decide where to best deploy clean up efforts and federal funds. Residents of the some of the areas expressed concerns that not enough was being done to protect them.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
APR 27, 2020
Space & Astronomy
APR 27, 2020
Hubble Snaps Gorgeous Photo for 30th Anniversary
The Hubble Space Telescope surpassed its 30th year in space on Friday, April 24th. Being that it’s one of the most ...
MAY 10, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 10, 2020
Penguins Have a Rough Time Combating Larger Predators
Humboldt penguins are small and easy prey for larger predators, and with that in mind, it may not come as much of a surp ...
MAY 14, 2020
Earth & The Environment
MAY 14, 2020
NASA's ICESat-2 Mission Reports Changes in Arctic Ice Thickness
Arctic sea ice is vital to Earth's climate system, and recent decades have seen troubling declines in sea ice due to ...
MAY 31, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 31, 2020
SpaceX Demo-2 Mission Docks Safely with International Space Station
SpaceX and NASA gave the green light for the precedent-setting Demo-2 mission Saturday afternoon, officially bringing cr ...
JUN 01, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JUN 01, 2020
Why SpaceX's Demo-2 Launch This Past Weekend Was So Significant
If you somehow managed to miss the exciting news this past weekend, NASA and SpaceX set an important precedent in Americ ...
JUN 25, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JUN 25, 2020
Did Scientists Just Discover the Smallest Black Hole Known to Man?
An array of antennas in the US and Italy, known as the International LIGO-Virgo Collaboration, received some unusual rea ...
Loading Comments...