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Singleton Cancer Cluster Investigation

Summary

Hunter New England Health officers have investigated a cluster of five cases of brain tumours in Singleton. The cluster included three different types of brain tumours, including two that were benign, and diagnosed between 1979 and 2008.

The investigation has found:

  • The rate of these tumours in the Singleton area was not significantly different from the rate for all of NSW over this period.
  • The rates in nearby Local Government Areas that have long term associations with coal mining (Cessnock, Maitland and Muswellbrook) were also not different from the rate for NSW.
  • No specific local factor that might have caused each of the residents to develop a brain tumour.

The investigation results have been reviewed by Professor Bruce Armstrong, the Sydney University cancer epidemiologist who investigated the breast cancer cluster at the ABC studios in Brisbane.

The full report is available here.

File link: Singleton Cancer Cluster Investigation
File Format: PDF
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Type: Report
Date of Publication: 21 April 2010
Author Branch: Media & Communications

Singleton Cancer Cluster Investigation
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