Updated: Sep 6, 2019
SATELLITE BEACH, FL., May. 2, 2019/FightForZero/ - We anticipated that the odds of Satellite Beach being defined as a “cancer cluster” was very slim. Since 1917 there has only been 19 cancer clusters established in the world. The last being defined in 1997 in Falon, Nevada.
According to the Florida Department of Health website, Florida has the second highest cancer burden in the nation and as of 2011, cancer is the leading cause of death for Floridians, surpassing heart disease. The Brevard County Cancer Assessment confirms what we thought all along.
It is naïve to think that chemicals that were found in the blood and tissues of wildlife at the highest levels of toxic fluorinated chemicals ever measured in species didn’t affect human beings. This isn’t just about Satellite Beach, it’s about the men and women in uniform, and history repeating itself. We do not need a definition from the Florida Department of Health to know that something is not normal or to make a difference. Cancer knows no municipal boundaries.
Even though the evaluation of possible cancer clusters is important it is extremely challenging to identify, especially when the level of data collected is too inadequate to paint a high-resolution picture (broken down by zip code not street level & stops at 2015). This is the 21rst century, we can do better.
This is why Fight For Zero has taken the initiative and lead in collecting self-reported diagnoses and mapping these illnesses in the state of Florida. We believe everyone counts and no one should be turned away when submitting their information.
We find it interesting that in the Brevard Cancer Assessment report the choice of words used to describe impact were “minimal” rather than “negligible.” Also, the determination that the groundwater is at a safe level is concerning as no MCL has been established by the EPA nor has any equivalent state limit been established.
We count on the continuing support and submission of information from residents as we continue to fight all the way to Washington DC this month to have those limits set.
To view the map visit: http://www.fight4zero.org/map
To report your cancer diagnosis: http://www.fight4zero.org/cancer
To report your autoimmune visit: http://www.fight4zero.org/autoimmune
Executive Director, Fight For Zero
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