NHDHHS - we want to know about cancer in our state!

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Sununu

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NH just lost another young person to rhabdomyosarcoma. This person was not within the 5-town pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma cancer cluster are on the seacoast.

NH has the highest rates of breast, bladder, esophageal and children with cancer in the country. This is what we want:

1. We want NH DHHS to put the cancer rate information on the state website with links to the CDC's cancer rate by state website for each cancer. The first step is admitting  there is a problem.

2. We want the NHDHHS to publicly issue a report about the rates of cancer in the Merrimack/Bedford/Litchfield/Amherst area. We want the report to look at all cancers and chronic diseases known or suspected to be associated with exposure to PFAS.

3. The cancer rates must be compared to a "clean" control group not another known area in NH that has high rates of the same.

4. We want the state NHDHHS to present the findings to at least 5 areas across the state in open public meetings.

5. We want a clear and concise evaluation of the pediatric brain and central nervous system cancers in the seacoast cancer cluster area and the Merrimack/Bedford/Litchfield/Amherst area.

6. We want an evaluation of the rates of pancreatic cancers in the seacoast 5-town area.

7. We want a thorough investigation of the potential common causes between the seacoast 5-town area and the Merrimack/Litchfield/Bedford/Amherst area.

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To: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Sununu
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NH just lost another young person to rhabdomyosarcoma. This person is not within the 5-town pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma cancer cluster are on the seacoast.

NH has the highest rates of breast, bladder, esophageal and children with cancer in the country. This is what we want:

1. We want NH DHHS to put the cancer rate information on the state website with links to the CDC's cancer rate by state website for each cancer. The first step is admitting there is a problem.

2. We want the NHDHHS to publicly issue a report about the rates of cancer in the Merrimack/Bedford/Litchfield/Amherst area. We want the report to look at all cancers and chronic diseases known or suspected to be associated with exposure to PFAS.

3. The cancer rates must be compared to a "clean" control group not another known area in NH that has high rates of the same.

4. We want the state NHDHHS to present the findings to at least 5 areas across the state in open public meetings.

5. We want a clear and concise evaluation of the pediatric brain and central nervous system cancers in the seacoast cancer cluster area and the Merrimack/Bedford/Litchfield/Amherst area.

6. We want an evaluation of the rates of pancreatic cancers in the seacoast 5-town area.