March 12, 2009
Congress has approved $5.5 million in funding to study a cancer cluster in the Luzerne-Carbon-Schuylkill tri-county region, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter announced on Wednesday. “I am pleased that Congress has approved this funding to study the higher than usual incidence of the blood disease in this area. The community is very concerned about the problem, and they’re entitled to the best answers science can give them,” Specter said in a press release.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will receive $5 million to conduct assessments of Polycythemia Vera trends and associated risk factors – including environmental risk factors – in the cancer cluster areas or in areas where potential environmental risks might exist.