Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Monroe. Here the local government tries to explain it away.http://www.monroecounty.gov/File/Health/DataReports/Epidemiology%20of%20Cancer%20in%20Monroe%20County-%20final%20draft.pdfTell local Monroe officials to stop taking blood money (which they poorly manage)!http://michiganmessenger.com/12965/cancer-questions-grow-around-fermi-nuclear-plant
The cancer rate among people under the age of 25 in Monroe County rose at more than three times the rate of the rest of the state between 1996 and 2005, according to a report generated by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). Between 1996 and 2000, the average rate of cancer cases for this group was 18.5 cases per 100,000 people; between 2001 and 2005, the rate grew to 24.3 per 100,000. Between 1996 and 2000 the statewide rate of cancer for this group was 20.2 per 100,000; between 2001 and 2005, the rate was 21.9.
Monroe is home to DTE Energy’s Fermi II nuclear power plant, which became fully operational in 1988. While industry and government experts dismiss the possibility that local cancer rates are related to the nuclear plant, critics of the plant and nuclear power say more study is needed.
In the 1980s, the cancer rate for young people in Monroe County was below the state average. In the ’90s this rate grew, and in the first half of 2000 the cancer rate for this group in Monroe was greater than the state average. For the period 1999-2004, there is data to compare the Monroe under 25 cancer rate to both the Michigan and U.S statistics. The rate was 23.5 per 100,000 in Monroe County, 21.5 per 100,000 in Michigan and 19.5 per 100,000 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
These numbers include all types of cancers reported for this group.
John Austerberry, a spokesman for DTE Energy, told Michigan Messenger that he was unaware that state data shows rising cancer rates among young people in Monroe.
“I had not heard of that,” he said. “I don’t think that we undertake studies of that nature because it is being done by a number of government agencies.”The contempt DTE has for the people of Monroe makes me SICK! More cancer research is needed for Monroe. DTE should be required to monitor health effects, especially since they are using Monroe as a high-level nuclear waste dump! It cost a fortune to regulate the nuclear industry and they dang well aren't paying for it!