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DHHS Division of Public Health Services Issues Cancer Incidence Report for Merrimack
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Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
January 26, 2018

Concord, NH – Cancer incidence rates in Merrimack are consistent with the rest of the state, according to a report released by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). The report was produced based on concerns in the Merrimack community about potential health effects of environmental exposures. The report is intended to provide a broad view of cancer incidence rates in Merrimack, and information about what is currently known about perfluorochemical (PFC) association with different types of cancer.

“To determine whether there are more cancer cases in Merrimack than we would expect to see, we compared the occurrence of 26 different types of cancer in Merrimack with cancer rates in the rest of the state,” said Lisa Morris, DPHS Director. “Based on Cancer Registry data, we have not found elevated numbers of various cancers in Merrimack.”

Using data from the New Hampshire Cancer Registry, DPHS officials examined incidence rates for 26 different types of cancer over a 10 year span. The report was written in response to public concerns related to detection of low levels of perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) in the Merrimack Village District public water supply and possible health impacts. A few types of cancer, including kidney, testicular, and prostate cancer, have been found in some scientific studies to potentially be related to PFC exposure.

The science around cancers, PFC exposure and other health and environmental concerns can evolve from one year to the next. DPHS will continue

The full Merrimack Cancer Incidence Report can be found on the Perfluorochemicals web page.

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