Cancer rates are normal in polluted Como area, state says

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2014 - 9:50 PM

Soil contaminated years ago by General Mills had raised worries of additional health risks.

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rsmaggiemae1949Jan. 22, 14 1:39 AM

I lived in SE Mpls for 40 years in the prime area of the TCE Contamination. I dont understand why the research was only done from 2001 thru 2010, as I was diagnosed with 3 types of cancer in 2000 while still living there. This is just another example of how the Health Dept and Minn Pollution Dept does not want to step on the toes of General Mills. I have Non Hodgekins Lymphoma and there were 3 others in a 2 block radius of my home that also have lymphoma. I wonder what the percentage of that happening in a area where there was no TCE contamination. I found out my home was at 117 and the accecptalbe rate is less than 20, and I live with that for 40 years. Dont tell me that the TCE didnt cause my lymphoma or the other cancers that many people had on the same block where I lived. Those of us who have lymphoma cant get any help at all from any attorneys regarding a claim against General Mills as we would have to hire the attorney and pay for it out of our own pocket and if ths would go on for years we could not afford it, yet we are the one who went through chemotherpay, I had 9 chemos that I had to go through for 7 long years while living there. No body in this state will touch General Mills as I can imagine how much money is donated to our senators, representatives and other civic entities. I knew it would turn out this way, the little people who suffer always lose What a sham

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zhughes13Jan. 22, 14 9:36 AM

I think it’s safe to say the numbers of reported cancer are skewed since 90% of the houses in the neighborhood are rental properties where people usually only rent for 12 months at a time. I'm guessing if you only looked at the properties that were homesteaded the amount of cancer in the neighborhood would be terrifying. Anyone have Erin Brockovich's number?

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dewarfJan. 22, 1410:13 AM

And then there's the threat from Radon. Yes, most of this blame-game is pure speculation, driven by fear and litigation (deep pocket) opportunities.

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antisuburbsJan. 22, 1411:39 AM

well, the only people I knew in the affected area are renters that no longer live there. I'd be interested to see what the rate is among the long term residents only.

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