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Ashland, Massachusetts Cancer Cluster

Dr. Fuhrman consistently implores his patients to avoid mercury, pesticides, and other cancer-causing compounds. In Massachusetts, there's news of an especially extreme example of such toxins causing serious damage. Mark Jewell of the Associated Press:

A disturbingly high number of cancer cases outside Boston are linked to a former textile dye-making plant with waste ponds that some children swam in, state health officials concluded Tuesday.

People who grew up in Ashland and swam in contaminated ponds were two to three times more likely to develop cancer than those who had no contact with the water, a seven-year study found.

The cancer rate was nearly four times greater among people with a family history of cancer and who also swam or waded in waste lagoons and contaminated wetlands near the Nyanza Inc. dye plant, the Department of Public Health said.

Dr. Fuhrman has discussed this topic several times both in Disease Proof Your Child and in the "Toxins" category on DiseaseProof.

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Doreen Gustafson - May 3, 2006 5:09 PM

From a concerned citizen that also grew up in Ashland Mass. I was there as a child with my sister. Have you had any other compaints of illnesses related to this Nyanza dye plant or from people who lived in the town? Such as Lupus, Fybromyalgia or other autoimmune diseases ect. Is there a place where I can find out or a person I can contact on this subject. Thank You
Doreen Gustafson

Lisa - May 19, 2006 12:58 PM

My dad grew up in Ashland in the 1950s and lived there in the 60's as well. He remembers playing near Nyanza in what he called "chemical brook" as a kid. He died six years ago of bone cancer. I wonder if it had anything to do with his childhood exposure?


Kay Ell - February 22, 2008 6:31 AM

I lived on Pleasant Street as a child, across from Nyanza. I remember one of the explosions vividly. My mother died of cancer, and so did my next door neighbor.

M. Lager - May 9, 2008 8:36 PM

I Lived on East Union st area in the 70's and 80's. I was just wondering if there have been clusters of cancer in that area..

Scott - August 11, 2008 7:34 PM

I moved to Ashland in 1983 and lived there off and on until 1992. My step family lived in Ashland their entire lives, on Eliot St. My stepfather died in 1993 from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My stepsister died from Hodgkins Disease four or five years ago. She had it back in the 80's and had a successful bone marrow transplant, but it came back. To the best of my knowledge, there wasn't much of a family history of cancer there.

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