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Investigators still puzzled by Seacoast cancer cluster

The Seacoast cancer cluster continues to confuse investigators, years after dozens of children in New Hampshire were diagnosed with two types of cancer. (WGME)

RYE, NH (WGME) – The Seacoast cancer cluster continues to confuse investigators, years after dozens of children in New Hampshire were diagnosed with two types of cancer.

Residents and political leaders say they are not convinced over the state's findings. They say there is reason to keep looking for evidence connecting these cancer cases to environmental factors.

Last week, the health department issued a report saying investigators couldn't find a pattern connecting the children diagnosed with cancer.

Thursday night, Doctor Ben Chan went over the results with residents.

The data was gathered from questionnaires sent in by seven of the families affected by the cancer cluster.

The report could not identify connecting factors when investigating drinking water, radon exposure, family habits or genetics. However, their work is not done.

State Representative Mindi Messmer drafted a new bill to continue research on the Seacoast cancer cluster.

She says her proposed commission and the health department will look closer at environmental factors, as well as other cancer cases in the seacoast towns.

"We are committed to working with that process to try and address the community and concerns about not only the potential environmental contaminants, but also potential human health impact,” Chan said.

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