Cancer Investigation


  • In the spring of 2010, the Health Department was contacted about the rates of cancer in Frederick County. Specific questions have been raised regarding the area surrounding Ft. Detrick. 
  • As a result of these community concerns, the Health Department conducted a cancer cluster investigation in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
  • Cancer Cluster Investigation Status Report
  • The National Academies of Science issued a report, Review of Studies of Possible Toxic Effects from Past Environmental Contamination at Fort Detrick, March 5, 2012 after a committee reviewed an assessment conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in 2009, and the interim and final reports of the ongoing cancer assessment by the Maryland Department of Health and the Frederick County Health Department.