Report shows elevated cancer rates around Coldwater Creek -

Report shows elevated cancer rates around Coldwater Creek

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ST. LOUIS – A new survey, released Tuesday, shows high rates of Leukemia, breast, colon and other cancers in the areas around Coldwater Creek and West Lake Landfill.

The creek was contaminated by nuclear waste after World War II.

The report states there were more than 400 cases of leukemia reported in the 8 zip codes closest to coldwater creek between 1996 and 2011, more than what would be expected in the community over that time.  Elevated levels of brain and nervous system cancers among children also show elevated rates.

The Missouri Health Department brought in the Missouri Cancer Registry to study the cases and determine if the creek is the culprit of those cancers.  The Registry compared cancer rates for north county zip codes over a 17-year period to the average rate of cancer to see if the numbers show a pattern and could be linked to the creek.

For 50 years, the creek ran next to uranium waste that was dumped near the airport before winding its way through north St. Louis County communities.

The waste was mostly disposed of by 2013, but the cases of cancer and birth defects coming to light seem to point to Coldwater Creek as the cause.

News 4 is looking through the report and will post more information as it becomes available.

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