We have all heard about the mystery that is the Clyde Cancer Cluster. It has raised questions for several years as approximately 35 children around the Clyde, Ohio area were diagnosed with cancer throughout the past decade. The Clyde Cancer Cluster has recently received even more attention as the families of those affected have asked for an analysis of the environment to try to find what it is that has been causing the anomaly.
The Toledo Blade reported that an outside consultant was hired to determine why there have been so many children diagnosed with cancer throughout the years. An attorney from Salt Lake City, Alan Mortensen, has also been hired by approximately twelve of the families to help find the cause behind the tragedy.
Attorney Alan Mortensen explained that environmental findings have been found and will be sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a chemist and epidemiologist will also study the findings.
U.S. EPA spokesman, Joshua Singer, stated that last year high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls were found at the old Whirpool Park in Clyde. Polychlorinated biphenyls are considered human carcinogens, which could play a role in the cancer mystery.
At a press conference on Monday, April 8th, Attorney Mortensen announced that Attorney Charles Boyk would be joining him to assist the clients involved. Attorney Boyk explained that he has been wondering what this mystery has been about for the past few years, and is “thrilled” to have the opportunity to “assist [Attorney Mortensen] and assist the families on trying to find and solve this mystery.”