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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Teen Cancer Report Coming

Perth County | by Peter Jackson  

Report looks into cluster of Youth Hodgkins lymphoma cases in Perth County.

The Perth District Health Unit is in the final stages of its investigation into a cluster of cancer cases involving teen patients.

The investigation began last fall after Cancer Care Canada found a higher-than-average number of Hodgkins lymphoma cases among young people aged 15 to 19 in Perth.

Medical Officer of Health Doctor Miriam Klassen says public health officials had an intense period of work collecting information earlier this year.

Data collection and research finalized between January and last month.

Klassen says they checked and re-checked information and started writing a final report she hopes will be released by the end of June.

Klassen says it's important that the information and research be made public as soon as possible.

She believes the community needs to know the facts behind what's making the teens sick and why they're prone to contracting Hodgkins lymphoma.

The report will be shared with patients' families before being released publicly.

Klassen notes public health personnel found the project to be an eye-opener.

She points out the cancer cluster report is not something that's done every day and that the project was educational for many of those who worked on it.

Klassen says the report project has been a good experience on many levels including finally being able to provide answers for parents whose children have been diagnosed with Hodgkins.


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