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Frederick County Cancer Investigation Summary Released
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Frederick County Cancer Investigation Summary Released

 

 

The following information was sent from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Dori Henry & Karen Black:

 

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Frederick County Health Department presented a summary of their

investigation into cancer concerns in Frederick County at a community meeting in Frederick.  The investigation, which has been underway for more than a year, was prompted by community concerns about cancer in the area of Fort Detrick.  

The report used data on cancer from the Maryland Cancer Registry from 1992 – 2008 to investigate

whether there is any clustering of cancer around Fort Detrick.  

The analysis consisted of:

  •  An evaluation of cancer incidence for cancers diagnosed from 2000 – 2007 in the three

              census tracts that comprise  approximately a one-mile buffer around the perimeter of the Fort

              Detrick installation.

  • A statistical analysis of how and whether cancers were clustered by geography, time, and type of cancer for all of Frederick County for the period 1992 – 2008.
  •  An analysis of the age of diagnosis for different cancers in the areas closest to Fort Detrick,

              compared with the age of diagnosis for the same cancers in Frederick County and Maryland.    

 

Key findings of the report are:

 

  •  Compared with Frederick County, there were no statistically significant increases in all cancers or in specific types of cancer in the three census tracts that constitute an area of 1-mile radius around Fort Detrick for the period 1992 – 2008.  
  •  Compared with Maryland as a whole, lymphoma was slightly increased for the same time period (1992-2008).  There were no other increases in any other cancers or in all cancers compared with the State as a whole.  
  •  According to an earlier analysis, the age-adjusted rate of all cancers in Frederick County had increased between 2001 and 2006, compared with Maryland and the United States.  This increase is unlikely to be related to environmental exposures in the Fort Detrick area.  

Based on these findings, the report offers several next steps:  

 

1. The Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Cancer Registry will continue to

review cancer incidence in Frederick County as a whole as new data become available.  In light

of questions related to the observed increase in cancer rates between Frederick County and

Maryland between 2001 and 2008, it will be helpful to look in more detail at which cancers

contributed to the observed increase and potential explanations.    

 

2. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Frederick County Health Department will

specifically look in more detail at lymphoma rates for the areas in question and for Frederick

County as a whole, including different types of lymphoma, and ages of onset of different types of

lymphoma.    

 

3. If new information about environmental exposures, environmental risks, or other factors becomes

available, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Frederick County Health

Department will review that new information in light of this and future evaluations of cancer in

Frederick County.   

 

4. Frederick County Health Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will

report back to the community on the above efforts, and use those opportunities for public

education and information around issues of cancer, cancer prevention, and cancer detection.  

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