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Kathy Henry 12/06/04 in response to Saginaw News letter to the editor 11/30/04

Consider the source

Monday, December 06, 2004

Editor, The News:

In response to Dr. Michael Carson's letter Nov. 30 on dioxin and cancers, I say, consider who he works for.

Contrary to what Dr. Carson states, a report issued by the Michigan Department of Community Health in 2002 revealed that "exposed" Dow workers experienced "slight excesses" of prostate, stomach, lymphatic, blood and other types of cancers when compared to "unexposed" workers.

Furthermore, the more workers were exposed, the more likely they were to die from stomach and prostate cancers. The report also noted that, when Midland's two ZIP codes were analyzed separately, "higher-than-expected numbers of all cancers combined" were found in the ZIP code where Dow's chemical plant is located when compared to the entire state of Michigan for the years 1994 through 1998, according to an April 5, 2002, Detroit Metro Times article.

I feel Dr. Carson is taking Saginaw County Department of Public Health Medical Director Dr. Neill Varner's words out of context.

Varner merely said that we must not conclude that all cancers in people living in the floodplain are caused by dioxins. It is irresponsible for anyone to conclude that some local cancers could not be attributed to local dioxin exposures.

Remember Dow vehemently denying that the dioxin in the floodplain was its two years ago, and stating it was safe to eat wild game from the area, only to have the state issue a wild game advisory? Dow's PR machine is in full gear.

Don't believe everything you read. Consider the source.

Kathy Henry

Freeland

 

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