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Cancer and Birth Defects in New London County

New London County – where Millstone is located – continues to have higher cancer and birth defect rates than elsewhere in the state of Connecticut, according to recent statistics from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer incidence in the age group infant-to-age-14 between the years 2006 and 2010 was 20 per cent higher.

Cancer mortality in children and young adults (ages infancy to 24 years) between 1999 and 2011 was 17 per cent higher.

Thyroid cancer incidence from 2006 to 2010 was 17 per cent higher in New London County than elsewhere in the state. Thyroid cancer is medically linked to radiation exposure.

Birth defects – which may also be linked medically to radiation exposure in utero – occurred at a rate 22 per cent higher than elsewhere in the state between 2007 and 2012.

Data credited to Joseph J. Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, a research and education group based in New York.

Posted September 9, 2014