November 9, 2010

Report reconfirms earlier findings: no elevated incidence of brain tumors in Cameron, Missouri

A second report by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reconfirmed the findings of an earlier study of the incidence of brain tumors within the Cameron zip code (64429). No clustering of brain tumor cases, or deaths related to brain tumors, was reported in the Cameron area compared with the state of Missouri as a whole.

A similar study conducted in 2008 by the health department found no elevated brain tumor occurrence in the area.  In both studies, the department gathered and analyzed data to determine whether there was an unusual number of brain tumor cases in the four counties that comprise the Cameron zip code, including parts of DeKalb, Daviess, Clinton, and Caldwell. 

The Cancer Inquiry Report includes the following findings:

  • No clustering of brain tumor cases or deaths related to brain tumors is evident in the Cameron area compared with the state of Missouri.
  • There is no statistically significant increase in deaths due to malignant or benign brain tumors in these communities compared with the state of Missouri.
  • Primary brain tumor rates in the Cameron area, as well as in the entire state, are lower than brain tumor rates nationwide.

The full Cancer Inquiry Report and the report summary can be found at http://www.dhss.mo.gov/CancerInquiry/.

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