Friday, January 09, 2009

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma in the news

This Maryland article mentions research into the reasons why cancer appears to be prevalent in Poolesville:
County to study possible cancer cluster: http://www.gazette.net/stories/01072009/germnew190016_32470.shtml

from the article:
"Catherine Poss, a 15-year Poolesville resident and a Hempstone Avenue neighbor of Kelly's, has no family history of cancer and has never drank or smoked. She was shocked two years ago when her doctor told her she had adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer that affects the salivary glands. But she was even more surprised to learn that a woman on her street, who was in her 30s at the time, had received the same diagnosis about 14 years ago."

There have been no genetic nor environmental causes identified for ACC at this time. Since it is a rare cancer, I am not sure if anyone is doing much research in that area - let me know if you hear something different. I have no idea why I 'caught' the cancer - I haven't ever smoked, though dated men that did; drank little; lived in Germany for three years once, encompassing bad water sources and the passing cloud from the Chernobyl meltdown (!); grew up in the middle of the country in both urban and rural areas... If they can establish a cause for those two women's ACC, many of us would like to know about it, so we can warn others how to keep from experiencing this life-changing cancer.

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