Town responds to cancer cluster study results

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Michael Ryan, Director of Community Affairs for Flower Mound, issued the following comments Wednesday regarding the results of the cancer cluster analysis released by the Texas Department of State Health Services:

“While cancer is devastating for those individuals and families dealing with the disease, the recently released Texas Department of State Health Services study indicating there was no evidence of a cancer cluster in our community is positive news for all Flower Mound residents.

According to the study, there was no identified cancer cluster linked to cancers associated with exposure to benzene or other environmental factors, and most experts agree that exposure to pollution, occupational, and industrial hazards account for fewer than 10 percent of cancer cases.

While the study identified a slight elevation of female breast cancer, the investigation indicated the results are consistent with population growth in the area, and likely higher mammography use compared to Texas overall. The study further states that research does not show a link between breast cancer risk and environmental pollutants, and there isn’t any established scientific link between breast cancer and benzene.”

Read more about the results of the study here.

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