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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

Advice for Communities

These videos explain what a cancer cluster is, how they are investigated and what options residents may want to consider if they have concerns about cancer rates in their community. This section also explains what a cancer registry is.

2.1 What is a cancer cluster Part 1
5:39
September 24, 2014
Public health professionals Tom Burke, Cliff Mitchell and Lora Werner define cancer clusters and talk through some of the questions that arise during an investigation of a potential cluster.

5:39
September 24, 2014
Public health professionals Tom Burke, Cliff Mitchell and Lora Werner define cancer clusters and talk through some of the questions that arise during an investigation of a potential cluster.
 
5:37
September 24, 2014
Experts Tom Burke, Cliff Mitchell, John Bailar and Lora Werner discuss the scientific challenges in investigating cancer clusters, including long latency periods, small sample sizes and exposure uncertainties.
 
5:44
September 24, 2014
Cliff Mitchell, John Bailar, Bill Hudson and Lora Werner share advice for people who believe there may be a cancer cluster in their community. They emphasize open communication and engagement with government agencies.
 
5:04
September 24, 2014
Frederick community members offer advice to people in other communities facing a potential cancer cluster investigation. They stress perseverance, leadership and working with government leaders.
 
5:39
September 24, 2014
Diane Dwyer and Cliff Mitchell describe the Maryland Cancer Registry and the data it collects. They also discuss the differences between the registry's data and information gathered by community members.