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Why is cancer cluster investigation not a perfect system?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
This is not a perfect system and there are many experts who deny the validity of cancer cluster investigation. The science is imperfect: Cancer can take years to develop and can be masked by unhealthy behaviors; people can get lost to follow-up, die of other causes, or move away. And some people may be exposed to cancer causing substances but have a genetic make-up that reduces their susceptibility to the harms of the carcinogen. All of these things can affect the results, leaving community members to wonder if they will ever get a real answer. Many times, they do not.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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