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Texas Finds Cancer Cluster Near Houston Creosote Site

“State officials have identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood near a site contaminated over many decades by railroad operations that treated wooden ties with the hazardous product creosote.

Greater-than-expected incidences of adult cancers were identified near the site, according to a report by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“Staff analyzed Texas Cancer Registry data available for a 17-year period spanning from 2000 through 2016,” according to the report. “Lung and bronchus, esophagus, and larynx cancers were statistically significantly greater than expected.””

Erin Douglas reports for the Houston Chronicle December 5, 2019.


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