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Mar 14, 2016 6:20 PM

New report details findings of NH's report on Seacoast 'cancer cluster'

CONCORD - A recently discovered cancer cluster on the seacoast has state health officials concerned. After several residents expressed alarm last year, the state launched an investigation into the unusually high number of pediatric cancers among youngsters who live on the Seacoast.

"All of the cases involved children," State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan said.

A new report details the State's Department of Health and Human Services findings. Details from that report will be available at public meeting for residents at the Rye Elementary School on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Rye, and it's four surrounding communities of New Castle, Portsmouth, Greenland and North Hampton make up the cancer cluster that includes two rare pediatric cancers. The more common cancer is called Rhabdomyosarcoma or RMS. It develops in the body's soft tissues, particularly in the muscles.

The second pediatric cancer is called Pleuropulmonary blastoma, or PPB. It appears to have a strong familial and genetic component.

Health experts don't know if there is any connection between RMS and PPB.

"We still don't know what causes these cancers," Dr. Chan said.

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