COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Department of Health is working on a written policy for responding to concerns about potential cancer clusters.
The leader of Ohio's cancer-control program has said he wants to focus on cancer prevention and early detection and try to avoid using resources to investigate locations that appear to have more cancer cases than would be expected.
But the health director tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/L7DDUT ) he doesn't want residents to think his department won't respond to concerns about suspected cancer clusters.
Dr. Ted Wymyslo says the new policy will address how the department responds in such cases and how it works with local health officials and researchers. He says the state is always willing to provide cancer case data to help determine if an area's rate is above normal.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com