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Frederick, Maryland: A Case Study

Interviews with residents and with public health professionals explain how concerns about a possible link between cancer rates in the community and the chemicals buried in Fort Detrick led to a cancer cluster investigation. The investigation’s findings, its aftermath and the community’s hopes for the future are also documented.

1.1 Personal Stories
6:28
September 24, 2014
People from Frederick County, Md. share their personal experiences with cancer and their concerns about its links to nearby Fort Detrick. The still-active U.S. Army base was the site of biological weapons development and testing until 1969. Chemicals buried on the site have been detected in groundwater.

6:28
September 24, 2014
People from Frederick County, Md. share their personal experiences with cancer and their concerns about its links to nearby Fort Detrick. The still-active U.S. Army base was the site of biological weapons development and testing until 1969. Chemicals buried on the site have been detected in groundwater.
 
9:20
September 24, 2014
Frederick community members and public health professionals share their perspectives on the cancer cluster investigation's history and its process as well as the challenges investigators faced.
 
6:25
September 24, 2014
Investigators discuss their conclusions to date based on the available evidence and inherent limitations. Community members share their reactions to the findings.
 
9:36
September 24, 2014
Investigators explain the study's next steps. These include the examination of new cancer registry data on lymphoma. Residents discuss their hopes for future research, regulation and cleanup.