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.