The purpose of the Community Technical Advisory Committee for the Cancer Cluster Investigation is to a). Provide assistance in determining what questions should be examined regarding cancer numbers - geographic region, time period, types of cancer, and etc. and b) Identify options for how to answer the questions(s)/hypothesis(es).
The working hypothesis or the question to be answered that the Community Technical Advisory Committee for the Cancer Cluster Investigation is working on is -- Is there an increased rate of cancers (gather data on all types, possibly narrow down later based on confirmed exposures) within 1/4 mile radius around Ft. Detrick (Area A and B)?
All meetings are held at the Frederick County Health Department on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9 p.m. The meetings are scheduled approximately every 2 weeks, but variations may occur due to weather and the availability of information relevant to the meeting agenda.