Sick: cancer cluster in NC affecting young teens goes uninvestigatedSubmitted by egapele on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 00:20
State responds to mother's plea to investigate teens' cancer cases
Robin Harris pushed the state to investigate after three teenagers from the same Wake Forest-Rolesville High School graduating class, including her son Alex Harris, were diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. A fourth teen who lived nearby received the same diagnosis in 2009.
The teens all lived within a 3- to 4-mile radius of each other, prompting Harris to report concerns about a possible cancer cluster to her son’s doctor at Duke University Hospital, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and a sarcoma organization.
The WRAL Investigates team found that the state did not do a thorough investigation, the CDC was not informed of the cases and the families were kept in the dark due to an "unfortunate oversight," according to a DHHS spokeswoman.