CANONSBURG (KDKA) – The Department of Health in Pennsylvania is investigating a potential cancer cluster in Washington DC. For young adults who need to be diagnosed, this is considered extremely rare.
In the last 10 years, four people in the Canon-McMillan School District have been diagnosed. Now the 21-year-old spends his days on medical examinations, taking medications and vitamins to restore what he has taken the aggressive cancer. Mitch thought he'd hurt his clavicle at work. "" Eventually it has grown to the size of the hockey puck, "said Mitch.
(Photo: Mitch Barton) Mitch's mother, Christine Barton, watches every painful step of her son.
Surgery to remove the tumor and the word that cancer is spread in the lung is very important for mother and son. week and I have surgery to remove my right clavicle and remove my tumor and here I am today, "said Mitch. Luc Blownock. He died in 2016.
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Mitch still bears his LukeStrong bracelet. because I remember what he's been through, "said Mitch.
Mitch and Luc are not the only ones diagnosed.
The State Department of Health says that from 2006 to 2017 there were four reports of Ewing's sarcoma in Washington. In 2017 no one was reported, but Mitch was diagnosed in 2018, as well as at least one other person they are aware of.
"Could it be ecological? We do not know, but we need to look around to solve these options, "Christine said.
Mitch's mother says she has heard of many other families in the Pittsburgh area.
The State Department of Health also says they have heard from affected members of the community to increase radiation-related cancer in the area and they are also investigating these. Fire Station from 14:00 to 19:00 Saturday.