After a review of Baldwin County cancer data collected since 1996, state health officials have dropped an investigation into a possible increase of rare cancers in Eastern Shore communities, especially in young children.
“We recognize that any time you have a cancer cluster, it’s logical that folks get worried about it, especially when it involves children,” said Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Charles Woernle. “Now, thank goodness, we’ve determined that the initial cluster has dissipated and we haven’t had a recurrence.”
Statistics from the Alabama Statewide Cancer Registry, a branch of the state health department, show that the incidence of some cancers rose 18 percent during 2001 through 2005, Woernle said. But more recent numbers reflect normal cancer rates, he said