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Cancer Cluster Essay

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In the early 1970’s, a cancer cluster was found in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. There had been 13 cases of leukemia and 9 cases of Hodgkin’s disease in between 1973 and 1978. This issue was first brought to light, when parents of students from one school district (Pierrepont School) realized that there had been several cases of leukemia and Hodgkins disease (Garfinkel). A mother found her self in a hospital in New York with her son who was being treated for leukemia. At this hospital she found another woman, ...

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