West Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claims

first_imgLinkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland.   “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s futurelast_img read more

UK sandwich market hits £4.6bn

first_imgSome 325 delegates attended the British Sandwich Association’s Taste conference and exhibition, held in London last week.Speakers at the event included Marks and Spencer’s food technologist David Balmer, Tim Nicholas of market research company TNS and consultant Nellie Nichols.The delegates shared information from the latest TNS sandwich report for the year to August 13, which showed the value of commercial sandwich sales was up 8.9% to £4.6bn for the year.The top three filings were chicken salad, egg and cress and chicken & bacon.A sausage sandwich competition at the show, run by the British Pig Executive, was won by Fresh Organics’ Best of British Sandwich.last_img

Ticket reservations reopen for Ruth Bader Ginsburg talk

first_imgStudents will have a second chance Friday to apply for tickets to see U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak during her first-ever visit to Notre Dame.The main event, “A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” will be held in Purcell Pavilion on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and is free but ticketed.Due to a high number of sales after the event was initially announced Aug. 30, ticket reservations were temporarily suspended. Tickets sales reopened Friday morning for members of the student body and are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.On the day of the event, doors open at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and students are encouraged to arrive by 5 p.m. to pass through security checkpoints. Attendees should enter through the south side of the Joyce Center.Photography, videography, weapons, backpacks, purses and large bags will be prohibited from the event, according to the email.Ginsburg has served on the U.S. Supreme Court since her appointment by President Bill Clinton on Aug. 10, 1993. Prior to assuming her seat on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg served as general counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1973 to 1980 and subsequently served on the organization’s national board of directors from 1974 to 1980.Ann Williams, a U.S. Circuit Judge and 1975 law school alumna, will serve as moderator for the conversation. Williams was appointed to the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1999. She currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees.The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Notre Dame Law School and Notre Dame Student Government. Tickets are available online and more information can be found at nd.edu/Ginsburg.Tags: Notre Dame Law School, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Deja vu for McIlroy

first_img Press Association Horschel carded a superb 67 to share the clubhouse lead in the 113th US Open at Merion with compatriot Phil Mickelson, but McIlroy’s rounds of 73 and 70 were enough to leave him just four shots off the pace. He and Horschel fell out at the Walker Cup in 2007, with the world number two turning on the American when the pair met on the final day at Royal County Down. “I was up against Horschel on the first day, too,” McIlroy recalled the following year. “I messed up the last hole and lost to him. I wasn’t happy.” Six years on from battling each other for one of amateur golf’s top prizes, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel are among those challenging for one of the professional game’s most coveted titles.center_img The Northern Irishman added: “Then I got him again, twice, on the Sunday. His antics were really p****** me off. For example, he had hit a bunker shot at the 14th in our morning foursome. It was a great shot and finished inches from the cup. But he came running down the hill hollering at the top of his voice. He was so loud and so obnoxious. “Anyway, that outburst of his was probably the worst thing he could have done. In the second singles, I set out to be as loud as he was. “On the first tee I ripped a drive up the middle, hit my 7-iron approach to maybe 15 feet – I was shouting ‘Be good! Be good!’ all the way – and holed the putt for an eagle. “When the ball went in, I gave it the loudest ‘Come on!’ you’ve ever heard. I think he got the point.” Those differences appeared to be a thing of the past when the pair played a practice round alongside Tiger Woods earlier this week, with Woods also alongside McIlroy on three over after matching rounds of 73 and 70. The knock-on effect of Thursday’s weather delays meant the second round had not been completed on Friday evening, with Horschel and Mickelson sharing the lead ahead of English pair Luke Donald and Justin Rose and veteran American Steve Stricker. Almost half the field had yet to complete their rounds, with Ian Poulter alongside Rose and Donald on level par with four holes to play. last_img read more