Albion Central Schools brings in expert to talk about cancer cluster

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Albion Central Schools brought in an expert Thursday night to talk to the community about the recent discovery of the high number of cases of breast cancer in teachers at the school. 

Over the past 20 years there have been 22 cases of breast cancer in teachers- all in the elementary school building.

There are over 25 studies internationally indicating a breast cancer elevation in teachers as an occupational group. Experts are not sure why this is. Nellie Brown of Cornell University said you usually don’t find one specific link.

“I think its unlikely you will find a smoking gun, I mean it’s entirely possible you may have exposures that aren’t related to the school but to its site, the soil, the groundwater, there’s always that possibility,” she said.

Albion resident, former teacher and two time breast cancer survivor, Betty Sue Miller is frustrated with the lack of specific information and wants to see the school board look into the air quality.

The experts at the meeting talked about the state health department looking into the matter, but did not pinpoint a specific solution for the district.

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