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Study links cancer risk to factory proximity
Georgia study finds cancer rates increase with proximity to factories emitting benzene
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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A new study shows that where you live affects your risk of cancer.

The research, done at Emory University in Georgia, shows a blood-borne cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more common among people who live near factories that emit the chemical benzene.

The research done by Emory’s Catherine Bulka compared data on cancer rates with information from the U.S. EPA’s toxic release inventory.  She says the data is easily available.

LISTEN: study author Catherine Bulka

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“You can just go right on to the Toxics Release Inventory website, type in your address, and figure out what facilities are releasing which chemicals around where you live.”

 The highest emitter of benzene in northeast Ohio is Arcelor-Mittal’s coal-processing plant in Warren with an average of nearly 31,000 pounds of benzene released per year.

More than 4.5 million pounds of benzene are released nationwide according to industry’s self-reported data.

The Emory study is the first to link non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to residential exposure to benzene.


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