Cancer hot spots in Florida could ruin your vacation


2017-03-07 15:59
Investigating cancer

During these snowy cold months in the north of the USA thoughts of Florida are filled with images of fun in the sunshine. However there are cancer hot spots in Florida which appear to be associated with hazardous waste sites.

It seems like everyone in the cold north likes to think about getting away to the warm weather in Florida during the bitter cold winter months. However just like anyplace else in the world Florida is not without it's share of problems. One serious problem in the Sunshine State has been the build-up of Superfund sites where toxic wastes accumulate.

Researchers have found there is a mild association between cancer rates and Superfund sites

The University of Missouri-Columbia reports researchers have found there is a mild association between cancer rates and Superfund sites. It has been determined by studies that hazardous waste sites have the potential to have an adverse affect on human health and disrupt the balance of ecological systems.

In the USA the sixth highest number of hazardous waste sites, also known as Superfund sites, are found in Florida. The second largest number of new cancer cases in the USA in 2016 were found in Florida. A possible association has been found between cancer incidence rates and Superfund sites by researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the University of Florida.

There was a search for cancer clusters, or "hot spots" of cancer cases which were higher than normal. The researchers found that the rate of cancer incidence was increased by greater than 6 percent in counties which had Superfund sites. Alexander Kirpich, PhD, postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida and co-author of the study, says the results of this study support an association between toxic environmental waste and negative health outcomes.

There is the potential for uncontrolled hazardous wastes sites to negatively impact human health

This study has been published in the journal Statistics and Public Policy. It seems that there is the potential for uncontrolled hazardous wastes sites to negatively impact human health and cause damage and disruptions of ecological systems and the overall larger environment.

About four decades ago the Superfund law was enacted, which allows increased exposure time to these potential health hazards while also allowing advancement of techniques for analysis. Research results have indicated a potential association with environmental exposures associated to Superfund sites and cancer incidence rates for Florida. It's apparently a good idea to try to stay away from the Superfund sites in Florida and elsewhere.

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