State and federal officials are not ready to classify this as a cancer cluster, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as a “greater-than-expected number of cases.” But the parents who signed the petition asking the EPA to investigate possible causes aren’t concerned about numbers. They’re thinking about the children who have already died from this disease and the teenager who is still struggling to recover from it.
Do you live in West Salem? How have the cancer cases there touched your life? What are you hoping for from the EPA?
- Cassandra Profita: OPB’s Ecotrope blogger