Skip to content


Letter: No place for nuclear power via Concord Monitor

The inherent lethality of nuclear power plants has long been concealed from the public, but it is apparently well-known to those working day-in, day-out to protect public health.

Last week, CBS Evening News reported on two as yet unexplained rare cancer clusters in Auburn, Ala., and Huntersville, 

[…]

There should be no place for nuclear power in New Hampshire energy policy.

ROB BLAKENEY

Deering

Read more at Letter: No place for nuclear power

Related article: 

Researchers want to know what may be causing a rare eye cancer in two states. Ocular melanoma is an extremely rare form of cancer, usually found in just six of every one million people. But it has been identified in a group of 18 patients in Huntersville, North Carolina, and in a second group in Auburn, Alabama, some of whom were friends who’d attended Auburn University together.

[…]

Researchers want to know what may be causing a rare eye cancer in two states. Ocular melanoma is an extremely rare form of cancer, usually found in just six of every one million people. But it has been identified in a group of 18 patients in Huntersville, North Carolina, and in a second group in Auburn, Alabama, some of whom were friends who’d attended Auburn University together.

[…]

But their own struggles motivated them to help find other cancer victims. McCrary started a Facebook page. So far, she says, 36 people have responded saying they, too, attended Auburn University and have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma.

“We believe that when we’re looking at what’s going on in Huntersville, North Carolina, and what’s going on here, there is something that potentially links us together,” she said.

Doctors are intensifying efforts to find out what caused groups of people in two different cities to mysteriously develop a rare eye cancer. Ocular melanoma typically occurs in just six out of every one million people, but we met four friends who went to Auburn University and were all diagnosed with the disease. A growing list of people from the area developed the same cancer.

At least 18 other people with ties to Huntersville, North Carolina, were also diagnosed with ocular melanoma.

After our report Monday, hundreds of people reached out to say they or someone they know have had this same rare cancer. One of the four women we interviewed, Ashley McCrary, had previously set up a Facebook page for people with this cancer that now has drawn comments from around the world.

[…]

McCrary’s Dr. Marlana Orloff is an oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She said that they have received so many calls since our story aired related to ocular melanoma that they have had to create a dedicated phone line to handle them all: 215-313-2868.

 

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , , .


0 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.



Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.