Famous consumer advocate Erin Brockovich just spoke out against an unusually high number of cancer cases around Lake Norman.
Last night, she shared some details from a recent NCPolicyWatch.org report, which states that two zip codes in Iredell County have been seeing 1.7 times the normal rates of thyroid cancer between 2012 and 2016.
Erin writes, “Genetics and/or environmental exposure can increase a person’s risk for thyroid cancer. Exposure to radiation, flame retardants and perfluorinated compounds, such as GenX and PFOAs, can also enhance the risk,” in her post, which as now been shared over 750 times;
The NC Policy Watch article is based on a recent Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report, which confirmed the unusually high number of cases.
“To evaluate the occurrence of cancer in the concerned ZIP Codes, Standardized Incidence Ratios (SIRs) were calculated to compare the number of observed cancer cases to what would be expected in the two ZIP Codes, based on the cancer rates in North Carolina. The SIRs were calculated as the number of observed cases divided by the number of expected cases for the 22-year period (1995-2016) and for the five-year period (2012-2016)…Based on the SIR analyses, the number of observed thyroid cancer cases in Iredell County and the two ZIP Codes were statistically significantly greater than expected,” the DHHS report noted.
The DHHS found roughly twice the number of cancer cases as should be expected from the two zip codes;
Here is their official letter;
North Carolina’s Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch will now review the data and determine the next steps to be taken.