What is a Cancer Cluster?
A cancer cluster is any instance where a greater-than-expected number of cancer cases are found to have occurred over a period over time within a certain geographic area.
The Greater Fifth Ward Cancer Cluster is a confirmed cancer cluster, and for decades residents have lived, worked, and recreated among toxic soup.
In 2019 and 2020, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) investigated the rates of several cancer types for the Greater Fifth Ward communities. The results revealed abnormally high rates of acute myeloid leukemia, and other cancers such as esophageal, larynx, liver, lung, and bronchus in adults, plus acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children.
Birth Defects in Greater Fifth Ward
In March of 2020, DSHS released a study indicating that six of the seven birth defects assessed in the Greater Fifth Ward were at rates higher than the averages in Harris County. There were, however, several inconsistencies in the methodology DSHS employed in this study, so we are urging DSHS to conduct a more accurate, comprehensive analysis of birth defect rates in the area.
September 9, 2021 | Newsweek | EPA Seeks Info From Union Pacific About 'Contaminated' Site Near Texas Cancer Cluster
June 24, 2021 | Texas Standard | Houstonians Living In Neighborhoods With High Rates Of Cancer Say Rail Yard’s Cleanup Plans Fall Short
January 1, 2020 | Houston Chronicle | Everything you need to know about the cancer cluster in Houston’s Fifth Ward
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