In the case of infectious diseases cluster determination is of value, likewise pathogens causing food-borne illness but data dredges like this are utter rubbish. No matter what data you dredge you will find “clusters”, be it kids wearing odd socks to preschool or people with more than $2 in change in their pocket you will still get random “clusters” and they mean squat. Cancer “clusters” have been investigated at massive expense so many times before and I can’t recall a single investigation that proved worth doing. These clowns are yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater in an attempt to cause panic and scare up donations. The only other explanation is that they really are this ignorant. either way the media should be more responsible than publicizing these idiotic scares.
WASHINGTON | Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:42pm EDT
(Reuters) – There are 42 so-called disease clusters in 13 U.S. states, showing incidence of numerous types of cancer, birth defects and other chronic illnesses, the Natural Resources Defense Council reported on Monday.
A study by NRDC and the National Disease Clusters Alliance, drawn from research by federal, state and local officials and peer-reviewed academic studies, urges federal coordination and support to help confirm these clusters and determine their causes. (Reuters)