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The study finds no cancer group at Auburn, despite reports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Health Care Officers announced Wednesday that a study did not find evidence of a body cluster…

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Health Care Officers announced Wednesday that a study did not find evidence of a body cluster at Auburn University, despite a report of reported cases of rare and fatal cancer that hit national attention earlier this year. 19659002] The Alabama Department of Public Health said that “based on best available information”, the study did not find higher than expected number of uveal melanomas among former students and university employees. The study conducted with Auburn University came after a number of cases of rare cancer reported among previous students.

Justin T. George, chief of cancer epidemiology, said the study looked at identified cases among people who attended or worked at Auburn since 1

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Allyson Allred, who has been fighting cancer since 2001, has worked to connect others survivors who lived in Auburn.

“The Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Health do not call (it) a cluster does not change the fact that too many people die of this disease and we have to find the cause so we can find cure,” Allred said. “[19659005] From 2006 to 2015 there were 316 cases of uveal melanoma among Alabama residents for an average of 31.6 new cases each year, the department said.

A restriction of the Auburn study is that cancer registries across the country do not catch where a person went at college. Researchers used a list of Auburn University students and employees who reported that they had been diagnosed with this disease.

Allred said a working group submitted three ten names. The health department said that 17 people met the criteria that should be included in The study.

George said the researchers are comfortable in the foundations. He said that cancer would have to happen in a significantly higher number to qualify as a cluster.

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