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Old 12-26-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Here is a scary true story: I went for my first mammogram screening last month. I was talking to the radiologist and asked if I could come again in two years since I'm in good shape & don't have any known risk factors (besides being a woman). Her response was that simply because I live in Anne Arundel county, I should be screened annually and be more vigilant on self-exams,etc. She went on to say that she'd never seen the amount of cancers (not just breast, but also other cancers) she's seen since she moved here. She went on to say that AA county had the highest rates she's ever seen and went on to say that she refuses to live in AA county. Despite doing some post-doctoral work at Hopkins, she's trying to leave this area. Incidentally, she had no idea why the rate was so high or how I could reduce my risk.
That's interesting.

It's also interesting that the article notes that Delaware has equally high rates, as does DC. The worst in Maryland seems to be Somerset, Charles and Anne Arundel counties. If Maryland is the worst in the U.S. than those might actually be the worst in the U.S.

So, it seems that if it's Deleware as well, than something is just peculiar about that entire area.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Just watched a TV ad for a local baltimore medical group stating they provide services to address the fact that maryland has the highest cancer rate in the nation.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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One theory is radon.
One theory is as mentioned, lifestyle choices.
One theory is all the weapons testing that went on at various locations.
I believe it is a combination. Radon is high in the region. There was a lot of asbestos use in Shipyards, Aircraft plants, Rail yards, and industry. There was weapons testing at various places. Edgewood Arsenal (now part of Aberdeen Proving Grounds ) was a big Chemical Corps testing location. Aberdeen did other ordinance, Ft Dietrick did Cold War Bio war work and Indian Head did Naval ordinance testing.

I think it was the confluence of all the above
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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Here is a scary true story: I went for my first mammogram screening last month. I was talking to the radiologist and asked if I could come again in two years since I'm in good shape & don't have any known risk factors (besides being a woman). Her response was that simply because I live in Anne Arundel county, I should be screened annually and be more vigilant on self-exams,etc. She went on to say that she'd never seen the amount of cancers (not just breast, but also other cancers) she's seen since she moved here. She went on to say that AA county had the highest rates she's ever seen and went on to say that she refuses to live in AA county. Despite doing some post-doctoral work at Hopkins, she's trying to leave this area. Incidentally, she had no idea why the rate was so high or how I could reduce my risk.
It would bother me when a professional couldn't or wouldn't offer any support other than to scare you and say to come back every year because of where you live. The National Cancer Institute ( About NCI - National Cancer Institute ) probably has more information and probably has lots of studies.

I don't want to make light of it, I have had several family members who had cancer. An Uncle (life long smoker and worked in the Chemical industry at FMC) with Lung Cancer, My sisters Father in law with several lung issues (Worked as a plasterer/drywall installer, plumber, and HVAC) A Grandfather with lung cancer (Worked at Sparrows Point, Fairfield shipyard, and smoked for many years) so our family covers several of the categories and is probably pretty typical for the area
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:49 PM
 
Location: MD suburbs of DC
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Frederick/Ft. Detrick Cancer Cluster was a big issue a few years back.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:10 AM
 
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Having lived on Delmarva for 8 years now I can attest to the astronomically high cancer rates. The 3 counties near me have huge cancer rates and Delaware is bad as well. Personally, I blame the chicken industry and water table with the extensive use of well water here. Recently in Fruitland Md, well water in a large subdivision was found to contain large amounts of a known cancer causing ingredient. The EPA came in bla bla. I'd bet if you tested other wells on the shore there would be a lot of the same cancer causing ingredients found. But don't tell anyone or talk about it because then the serene perfect Delmarva reputation would be tarnished. Anywhere else and stories like this would be plastered all over the news, but around here they worry more about not dealing with REAL problems.


But Wicomico County has won awards for best dressed police and best community in USA. Biggest bunch of crap I've ever seen. Sorry for the off topic rant.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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This is why I don't eat a lot of crabs.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: MD
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Maryland High Cancer Rates | Maryland still No. 1 in cancer death rate Cancer is expected to kill 9,900 in 1992, according to the American Cancer Society. - Baltimore Sun

Maryland is one of the worst states for cancer? Still true? Granted this article is a bit old, but was # 1

Delaware is up there as well.

This makes me want to run back to CA but I'm stuck here for a while unfortunately! However, the article is older data. The latest one available by gov since 2009 which listed MD in mid range-- no longer #1. Not sure any data collected 2009- 2012 would be higher as those currently working in the field claimed. However, radon level in MD still worries me!

As others pointed out. I think many factors contribute to the rate of catching it & death rate in MD:

1. high level of radon.
2. high toxic level in soil from previous commercial/gov sites
3. unhealthy lifestyle
4. possible law or enforcement of the rules regarding toxic stuffs are not strict enough. EX: the gas here vs gas in CA. That's why the gas in CA is higher than 80% of the nation. Trans fat is banned in CA restaurants yrs ago. Toxic soil or asbestos, air pollution are taking seriously-- especially w/ a ton of lawyers in CA. Although Los Angeles air is the killer! The list goes on.

Now I have to curb my crab consuming.

The latest data: cases (not rate)

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/con...spc-037113.pdf

More recent: ( include rate)
Cancer statistics, 2013 - Siegel - 2013 - CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians - Wiley Online Library
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:24 PM
 
Location: MD
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Frederick/Ft. Detrick Cancer Cluster was a big issue a few years back.
I believe it was discussed on this forum a while ago. It is shocking & sad!

"Two chemicals detected on off-site wells, tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE), have been associated with cancer of the brain, leukemia, lymphoma, and kidney cancer. "

Here is more info:
Frederick County MD - Official Website - Cancer Cluster Investigation Status Report
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