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How can I learn more about cancer clusters in my area?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

To learn more about cancer clusters in your community and to protect you and your loved ones, follow Dr. Mehmet Oz’s, Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, advice:

• Get periodic age-appropriate medical exams and cancer screenings 

• Learn ways to prevent cancer

• Learn if you are at risk for cancer

• Ask your doctor if he/she is seeing more cancer cases of this type,
  especially if it is a rare type or diagnosed in young children

• Look up cancer statistics on your state's cancer registry to see if
  there is an upward trend in your community

• Find out if a cancer cluster has been reported in your area or is
  currently under investigation

• Report a suspect cancer cluster to your local or state health
  department

• Find out about toxic substances detected in your area

• Speak up and mobilize your community

• Download the EPA's guidelines for safe well water

Key resources about cancer clusters can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and the National Program of Cancer Registries.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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