A critical assessment of geographic clusters of breast and lung cancer incidences among residents living near the tittabawassee and saginaw Rivers, Michigan, USA

Tonny Oyana, Olga A. Guajardo

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Abstract

Objectives. To assess previously determined geographic clusters of breast and lung cancer incidences among residents living near the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers, Michigan, using a new set of environmental factors. Materials and Methods. Breast and lung cancer data were acquired from the Michigan Department of Community Health, along with point source pollution data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The datasets were used to determine whether there is a spatial association between disease risk and environmental contamination. GIS and spatial techniques were combined with statistical analysis to investigate local risk of breast and lung cancer. Results and Conclusion. The study suggests that neighborhoods in close proximity to the river were associated with a high risk of breast cancer, while increased risk of lung cancer was detected among neighborhoods in close proximity to point source pollution and major highways. Statistically significant (P≤.001) clusters of cancer incidences were observed among residents living near the rivers. These findings are useful to researchers and governmental agencies for risk assessment, regulation, and control of environmental contamination in the floodplains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number316249
JournalJournal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume2009
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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