Is the risk of non-cancer health conditions being assessed?
Cancer is the condition that has been most often mentioned in connection with community concerns surrounding Fort Detrick. It is also a condition that must be reported to the state, so there is a Cancer Registry that can be used to provide valid, reliable data for the investigation. At this juncture, cancer data was deemed the most appropriate way of conducting the investigation as it was the only readily available source of verified health conditions.

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1. What did the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) find in their 2009 Public Health Assessment?
2. Who is responsible for collecting information about cancer?
3. What is a cancer “cluster?”
4. How are cancer cluster concerns investigated in Maryland?
5. What is the relationship between cancer and environmental exposures?
6. What are the cancer rates in Frederick?
7. What was the scope of the preliminary cancer cluster investigation by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)?
8. Why was 2000 the earliest year of analysis in the preliminary report of the initial cancer cluster investigation?
9. What were the preliminary findings of the DHMH cancer data analysis?
10. Is the risk of non-cancer health conditions being assessed?
11. If significant excess cancers are found in a specific geographic area within the county, then what?
12. Who can I talk to for more information?