What do you think of the Camp LeJeune situation and how do you think those affected should be informed and treated? Do you know anyone who might have been affected?Based on the material in our class readings and discussion, along with other material from the course website and your own interests, please comment on some issue in the area of policy-making and cancer prevention, treatment and research in the US. How do issues of race/class/gender interact in these issues? How do policy-makers determine where to spend money in the fight against cancer? And what about toxic environments?
In this module we look at a specific case related to cancer affecting a group of people over time as a result of environmental exposure to toxic chemicals. Cancer clusters are often at the center of controversy and the science of causation does not always make it easy to connect a toxic exposure in every day life to a later cancer. Some of the science here is quite advanced. Go as deep into the articles as you can based on your knowledge of basic human biology and chemistry. As you read through these materials keep in mind the many stakeholders whose interest are in play and how different their agendas may be.
Watch the film and then do the readings as directed. As always, think back to the relevant materials in your textbook reading and keep in mind recent stories from the NY Times that touch on related issues.
Film: Semper Fi, Always Faithful
Cancer Facts and Figures 2011
Cancer Disparites Fac Sheet
Cancer Mortality Maps
USMC Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Site
ATSDR Camp Lejeune Studies
CDC Info on Cancer Clusters