Some cancers more common in community downstream from oilsands

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. James Talbot. (David Bloom/Edmonton Sun file photo)

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. James Talbot. (David Bloom/Edmonton Sun file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:17 PM ET

EDMONTON ─ Three types of cancer are more prevalent in Fort Chipewyan, Alta., than expected, says Alberta's chief medical officer of health.

Dr. James Talbot provided an updated Alberta Health Services' cancer report to the Nunee Health Authority Board in Fort Chipewyan and shared the information with the rest of the province at a Monday press conference.

Fort Chipewyan is 223 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta., the community has been concerned about its cancer rates for several years because it is downstream from numerous oilsands facilities.

"The health of Albertans is our top priority. That's why we have been working closely with this community to address concerns that have been raised about cancer incidence. While this report shows slightly higher rates of three specific types of cancer, the overall cancer rate in the community is not significantly higher than expected. Our goal is to work with the community to improve the health of the people living in Fort Chipewyan, based on these results," said Talbot.

The report found that between 1992 and 2011 there were more cases of ovarian cancer, biliary tract cancer and female lung cancer than expected.

There werenít elevated cancer cases in children and 81 people had cancer, slightly above the expected number of 79.


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