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Rep. Candice Miller asks CDC to probe environment’s ties to rare kidney cancer

by Candice Miller on May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – A metro Detroit congresswoman is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to look into the possible environmental causes of a form of childhood kidney cancer.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, a Harrison Township Republican, said in a letter to the CDC’s director for environmental health that seven cases of Wilms’ tumor have been identified in St. Clair County in the last four years and another in neighboring Macomb County

“These numbers are higher than one would expect for such a rare cancer that typically has an incidence of one every three to five years locally and 500 per year nationally,” Miller wrote.

She asked that the CDC help the St. Clair County Health Department and state Department of Community Health in investigating possible causes.

This month, the Associated Press reported that public health officials in St. Clair Conty had begun looking into whether environmental or other factors could be causing the cancers, most of which have been detected in children living in and around Marine City since 2007.

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