A meeting was held June 3, 2010
to release the results of PHASE 2 of the Pratt and Whitney Brain
Cancer Study at the Marriott Rocky Hill Hotel in Rocky Hill,
Connecticut. Earlier in the day the researchers gave
a presentation of the results to the employees at the plant and
also held a Press Conference prior to the Public Family Meeting.
As you all probably know I reside in Florida
now and due to some unforeseen events, was not able to
personally attend the Public Family meeting but my son John Shea
was in attendance and has video taped the meeting and as soon as
he is able to get it up on line I will put a link in our website
to guide you to where you can view it. I did, however,
attend via phone conference the meeting the day before with the
CFW (Communications Facilitation Workgroup) to get all the
information you would be getting at the family meeting.
I am very frustrated with the results of
Phase II in that they seem very much the same as the results
that came from Phase I. When you compare these two fact
sheets, they are there seems to be little more info than that of
Sept of 2008.
We were informed that the final results,
Phase III, would be coming out sometime during the first quarter
of next year. This study has been on going since 2001 and
has per their results: "Included 212,513 men and women who
worked in one of eight Connecticut plants from 1952 to 2001 and
who were alive between 1976 and 2004. "The researchers
identified 489 cases of malignant CNS (CNS Neoplasms) tumors
among the workers 273 were glioblastomas" They
also stated that "when compared the general
population of the US and CT, the malignant cancer rates in
workers were the same as or lower than US and CT ".
MY QUESTIONS IS: According
to the State Cancer Incident Rates Report (http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov)
the Connecticut incidence rate states there should be 7.1 cases
per 100,000 people. At that rate if you have 212,513
people you should only have approximately 20 cases so how can
they justify 489 cases with 273 glios as not being a
problem and a cluster.
I have attending several meetings in West
Palm Beach at the Acreage where the Florida Department of Health
declared on February 1, 2010 that this group of residents (in
the vicinity of P&W) have a "Pediatric Cancer Cluster" in
which 3 cases of brain cancer was found in children in a group
of 50,000 residents. They have only been studying this for
about one year and it seems they understand the national and
state cancer rates. What's our problem.
Why hasn't the Connecticut Department of
Health refused to do a study when other states have taken on
this task. Why hasn't there been a request for Federal
Investigation, why hasn't anyone from the State of Connecticut
Administration or any of the senators or congress people gotten
more involved with the lives of the people of the State of
Connecticut. You should all be asking these
questions, I know I will again be asking these questions.
I hope we can get some more help somewhere to
get answers, Sincerely Carol Shea
Let me know how you feel.