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PA CANCER REGISTRY STATISTICS
1995 1999

AREA AROUND POTTSTOWN LANDFILL
Includes Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove, Pottstown, North Coventry, Douglass Berks

VS. U.S. AND TRI COUNTY
Tri County refers to remaining areas of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties

Cancers listed below are among the most common cancers in the nation

AROUND THE POTTSTOWN LANDFILL THEY ARE MUCH HIGHER
THAN THE NATION AND TRI COUNTY


Type of Cancer Local
Cases
Rate
Gr. Potts.
Per
U.S.
100,000
Tri-County
% Above
U.S.
% Above
Tri-County
Kidney/
Renal Pelvis
45 15.2 9.5 10.7 +60.0* +42.7
Rectum 61 18.2 12.6 16.0 +44.4* +13.5
Uterine 51 31.7 22.0 22.8  +44.1** +38.7
Breast (female) 263 161.5 116.0 129.8 +39.2* +24.5*
Brain/
Central Nervous System
23 8.3 6.0 6.2 +38.3 +32.5
Urinary Bladder 79 22.9 16.9 19.4 +35.5** +17.9
Colon 129 37.9 31.3 36.7 +21.1 +3.3
Lung 197 62.3 55.7 52.6 +11.8 +18.4**
Leukemia 35 11.6 10.4 10.1 +11.5 +14.9


Sources:
Pennsylvania State Cancer Registry, National Cancer Institute (cancer cases).
U.S. Census Bureau (population data)

Statistics:
Joseph Mangano, MPH MBA National Coordinator RPHP (718) 857-9825

U.S. includes Alaska Territories, Atlanta area, Connecticut, Detroit area, Hawaii, Iowa, Los Angeles area, New Mexico, San Francisco area, San Jose-Monterrey area, Seattle area, Utah (about 14% of U.S. population)

Rates adjusted for 1970 U.S. standard population

* = significant at p<.05; ** = borderline significant at p<.10


Cancer is an epidemic across the nation. When rates around the Pottstown Landfill are so far above the national averages, there is clearly reason for concern.









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Stowe, PA 19464
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