Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

August 05, 2005

Researchers present study on firefighters and cancer

Medical researchers from the Johns Hopkins University will discuss their 10-month study of cancer cases among Anne Arundel County firefighters at a public meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., and be held at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum.

Researchers will present their findings and answer questions.

The state and the county asked Johns Hopkins public health researchers to look into the complaints of some current and former firefighters that exposure to smoke during training at the Millersville academy led to cancer cases.

The study revealed that at least 17 firefighters have developed at least one form of cancer. But the 43-page study failed to establish whether fuels laden with cancer-causing PCBs - burned from 1971 to 1979 at the Millersville academy - led to firefighters developing cancer.

The study also found that county firefighters had a "somewhat greater" risk of getting cancer than the general public.

Public health researchers recommended a broader look at the issue than the $25,000 state-funded study provided.

The full report may be viewed online at www.jhsph.edu/firefighters. Information: Nrupen Bhavsar, 410-614-4962.

Delegates to hold meeting about jobs at Fort Meade

Three state delegates plan to host a community meeting Monday on plans to add thousands of jobs at Fort Meade in western Anne Arundel County.

The meeting will be hosted by Dels. Pauline Menes, Barbara Frush and Brian Moe - all Prince George's County Democrats who represent parts of Anne Arundel County.

Aris Melissaratos, the state's secretary of business and economic development, will speak.

Fort Meade was a big winner in a base realignment plan released by a Pentagon commission. The state would gain 6,600 net jobs, including more than 5,000 at Fort Meade.

The legislators' meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Maryland City Fire Station, 3498 Fort Meade Road, Laurel. Information: 301-858-3114 or 410-841- 3144.

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