Study finds high levels of deadly blood cancer in Ontario industrial cities
A recent study from Montreal’s McGill University has found “striking” levels of a deadly blood cancer clustered in Ontario cities including Hamilton, Sarnia and Thunder Bay.
The peer-reviewed study, which was published in February in the journal Cancer, examined 18,085 cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) reported in Canada between 1992 and 2010.
Researchers discovered Ontario and P.E.I had “significantly higher” AML rates than the national average, with hotspots also found in Ontario cities like Sault Ste. Marie and St. Catharines.
“These results … reveal a striking geographic case clustering in industrial Ontario cities and potentially implicate exposure to materials/pollution from these plants as an important risk factor for developing AML in Canada,” the study says.
The study also found that Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, and some other cities in Ontario had significantly higher mortality rates linked to AML than the Canadian average.
A few other Ontario cities also had high mortality rates approaching “statistical significance,” including St. Catharines, Kingston, Peterborough, Newmarket, Kitchener, Toronto, Windsor, Oshawa, and London.
The study was led by Ivan Litvinov, an assistant professor in the department of medicine and division of experimental medicine at McGill.
He called AML “one of the most deadly blood cancers.”
“Particularly with Hamilton, of course we know there is a major industrial complex, and a number of highways that are running through the city,” he said. – CBC News
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Had the City of Thunder Bay been lucky enough to be the chosen location for the ferrichrome smelter, things would get worse here. Much worse.
This city is pretty dirty. Lots of abandoned waterfront property that is loaded with who the hell knows what. Supposedly, there is 52 km of waterfront in this city. How much of that does the public have full access to?
Construction sites in this city, including ALL of the road work projects have zero dust control requirements, at least any that are enforced.
Superior by Nature indeed.