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DHMH : Workgroup on Cancer Clusters and Environmental Causes of Cancer

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Workgroup on Cancer Clusters and Environmental Causes of Cancer

Request for Public Comment

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has convened a Workgroup on Cancer Clusters and Environmental Causes of Cancer, pursuant to Senate Bill 380.  The current process that is used in Maryland to investigate suspected cancer clusters can be found at: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/cancer/Documents/homemos/Shared10/03/ccsc10-03_att_guideline_cancer_cluster01082010.pdf

The Department is seeking comments from the public, including individuals who have knowledge of or have been involved with a community cancer cluster investigation in Maryland, regarding the following questions:

  1. Would you know who to contact if you were concerned about a suspected cancer cluster?*
  2. Do you have comments on the current process used in Maryland to investigate suspected cancer clusters?
  3. For individuals who have been impacted by a community cancer cluster investigation:

a.       Were you satisfied with the availability of state and local health department staff during the cancer cluster investigation?

b.      Were you satisfied with the communication that you received from state and local health department staff about: 

                                                              i.      the progress of the investigation, and

                                                            ii.      the findings of the investigation?

c.       Was the investigation conducted in a timely manner?

d.      Were your concerns related to the suspected cancer cluster or investigation addressed to your satisfaction?

e.       Did you feel well-informed about the investigation?

f.       Do you have any suggestions for improvement in the cancer cluster investigation process, including follow-up?

g.      Do you believe that current reporting of cancer cluster investigation findings is adequate?  If not, how often, in what format, and to whom should investigation findings be reported?

  *For information about cancer cluster reporting, visit: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/cancer/Documents/mcr_combined_cancer_cluster.pdf


    Please send your comments by September 3, 2013 to:     meredith.truss@maryland.gov