Terry on Mar 28th 2011
Families want answers on MS, cancer cases
By: Ellen McGregor
Cristin Severance from the Ohio News Network contributed to this report
CLEVELAND – No one wants their home in an area where a higher percentage of adults and children get cancer, leukemia, multiple sclerosis and more. These areas are called disease clusters. There are five in Ohio, including one in Lorain County. Now, a senator and an environmental activist are urging new action to help people who live in disease clusters.
en. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is co-sponsoring a new bill, and Erin Brockovich testified at a senate committee hearing Tuesday. They both want more done about quickly identifying disease clusters, and helping people in those clusters find out what made them sick.
Sen. Brown’s proposed bill would get more federal resources to five Ohio areas identified as disease clusters. He said if it passed, the bill would “provide more federal support to communities that have been afflicted by high rates of diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis.”