Indiana to hold public meeting on brain cancer cluster probe

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials looking into a possible eastern Indiana cancer cluster will hold a public meeting there Wednesday to discuss their investigation.

Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and officials will meet privately Wednesday evening in New Castle with relatives of Henry County residents who have been diagnosed with a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. They’ll then attend a Henry County Commissioners meeting to discuss their investigation.

Indiana’s cancer registry shows 26 people were diagnosed with glioblastoma in Henry County between 1999 and 2013. State officials began investigating in July after several cases were diagnosed within a one-mile radius over the previous 23 months. Indiana has sought federal help in its probe.

Health officials have said the Henry County cases don’t meet the threshold of a cancer cluster.

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