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3 North Laredo areas saw increased cancer rates between 2006 and 2019


The City of Laredo this week released an additional assessment of cancer in the area following an initial cancer assessment of a combined area of ​​three census tracts in January.

The geographic areas of concern are in the Northwest District, including the areas of San Isidro and Mines Road, and the area from Father McNaboe Park to Paso Del Norte Industrial Park, and up to IH35, the city said. town.

The city said it will continue to seek help from DSHS to perform additional cancer assessments.

Like the previous assessment, the goal was to determine if there were more cancer cases in the combined census tract than expected rates in Texas between 2006 and 2019.

While the city clarified that this was not a study of the determinants, causes, or associations of the cancers studied, the assessment found that:

  • Based on cancer rates in Texas, areas of concern show higher rates of acute lymphocytic leukemia and breast cancer for all ages from 2006 to 2019.
  • Cancers of all ages, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia, extranodal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, nodal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and stomach, showed no statistical significance when compared to cancer rates in Texas, but all observed cases were higher than expected.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said for the assessment, they analyzed six types of cancers of all ages in data from the Texas Cancer Registry. They took into account differences in age, gender, race/ethnicity; which are all related to cancer risk before comparing the number of cases in the regions to the number of cases expected based on cancer rates in Texas.

“This analysis cannot tell us about the causes of cancers in this region,” the state agency wrote. “It only allows us to compare the number of cancer cases to what we would expect based on cancer rates in Texas. DSHS could not account for lifestyle factors such as smoking or diet in this analysis.

The summary says there has been an increase in acute lymphocytic leukemia and breast cancer among all ages, prompting residents to ask if Nuevo Laredo is experiencing the same issue and how the new data will impact current issues facing Laredo. This includes his medically underserved designation and the absence of a pediatric hospital.

In August, an EPA report named Midwest Sterilization among 23 sterilizers across the country that created a excess cancer risk for residents near North Laredo of at least 1 in 10,000.

As mentioned in the report, no other factors such as smoking, diet, etc. was implemented in the study, but questions arose about Nuevo Laredo as Los Dos Laredos often share health issues.

City Health Department says it works with DSHS, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Environmental Protection Agency, Rio Grande International Study Center and Clean Air Laredo Coalition to design, implement and evaluate community air quality monitoring.

In addition to current news, this heightens concerns over July’s report of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of any age – extranodal “was statistically significantly higher than expected” in the three areas studied – which include Las Minas Road and Los Corralitos Colonia in the northwest of Laredo.