Environmentalists are investigating an Athens, Georgia neighborhood after residents complained of an abnormally high cancer
rate. A team with the Northeast Health District's Community Health Assessment and Service launched an inquiry in March 2003 after dozens of households along Pittard Road informed officials about the elevated cancer level. An epidemiological study in June 2003 found the area's cancer rate to be almost three times the national average.
Scientists with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have conducted three water well and air tests, but the results have so far shown no elevated levels of cancer-causing substances. Researchers admit, however, that it is impossible to determine what the state of Pittard Road's 12 wells was five or ten years ago. Investigators are still identifying former residents who may have developed cancer due to contaminants along Pittard Road.
See your doctor if you live in the Pittard Road area and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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