Editorial: Cancer Study Provides Incomplete Picture of Health Impact
The Daily Gazette recently published an editorial elaborating on the lack of scope of the New York State Department of Health’s cancer study that investigated the impact Hoosick Falls’ PFOA water contamination had on residents’ health.
The study found that there were no elevated incidences of cancer among village residents due to the long term exposure of PFOA.
In the opinion of many, the study provides an incomplete and potentially inaccurate image of the effects of PFOA on Hoosick Falls residents.
For one, the investigation only took into account data from the state’s cancer registry of people residing in the Village of Hoosick Falls.
This left out people living in the surrounding town of Hoosick Falls, where more than 100 wells were contaminated with PFOA. This also excluded the town residents who get their water from the village’s municipal supply.
Additionally, the study also failed to include data from people who had previously lived in the contamination area but have since moved out.
Another factor was the length of the study. The investigation studied data from 1995, which is about 22 years. The contamination, however, is said to go back about 40 years.
The report also had a lack of transparency, with the names of the researchers and peer reviewers being unidentified. This makes it more difficult for the public to evaluate the qualifications of the people behind the study.
Read the full editorial here.