Could a spike in cancer cases in the Flint area be linked to the water crisis?

FLINT, Mich. – A significant increase in cancer cases in the Flint area has residents and health officials asking questions.

Residents want to know if the spike is related to the water crisis. It is hoped that a new study will soon be underway to examine a possible link between lead in water and cancer.

“What I want to see is just making sure that if we have a problem, it’s addressed, prevented and proactive,” resident Arthur Woodson said. ” I am very worried. My aunt died, she had five different cancers. My cousin passed away, she had three different cancers.

Recently released data from the health department shows that cancer rates in Flint are significantly higher than anywhere else in the state of Michigan.

“It’s something people are worried about because they see their friends, family members, loved ones being diagnosed with cancer and it seems to be a lot more prevalent than you might think.” Kayleigh Blaney of the Genesee County Health Department said.

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Blaney is pushing for research into soaring cancer cases. Many hope that a study will be launched within the next year.

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