CALIFORNIA, CANCER, AND 1999 DATA FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz / Professor of Anthropology
California State University, Chico / Chico, California 95929-0400
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2 April 2003 [1] 

© [All Rights Reserved.] This was created for classroom use only at California State University, Chico. In addition to the chart below, The Wall Street Journal article also had a few hundred words concerning California Cancer rates. You are encouraged to see the complete article in The Wall Street Journal of October 18, 2000 (page CA4). Please, look carefully at the "CHICO-Paradise" cancer rates compared to the rest of California and the nation.

"Californians have a lower incidence of six different types of cancer than the rest of the country. So concludes a study by HCIA-Sachs, an Evanston , Ill., health-care information company. The study calculated the incidence rate of six cancers--breast, colorectal, leukemia, lung, melanoma and prostate--in 22 metropolitan areas in California for 1999. The company used three sources: A National Cancer institute database, state tumor registries, and health-care insurance claims. The results show the statewide incidence rate of cancer is lower than the national average in all six cancer categories [stress added]." Health: State Claims Cancer Rates Below Rest of U.S. Anne Marie Chaker, 2000, The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2000, page CA4.

"Number of new [Cancer] cases per 100,000 residents in selected [California] cities in 1999."

BREAST (1)
COLORECTAL
LEUKEMIA
LUNG
MELANOMA
PROSTATE (2)

Bakersfield

151.4
51.4
10.3
60.4
19.3
115.4

Chico-Paradise

188.1
77.4
14.2
93.1
25.3
234.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach

141.0
55.5
12.7
56.4
17.1
141.7

Merced

128.4
44.1
9.6
46.4
18.0
107.1

Oakland

175.6
67.0
13.4
69.5
17.1
176.3

Orange County

148.9
52.8
12.2
60.3
19.8
125.2

Redding

143.2
60.2
12.5
81.2
24.6
184.4

Riverside-San Bernadino

166.1
60.1
11.9
66.6
19.9
167.9

Sacramento

172.8
63.0
13.2
83.3
20.0
185.1

Salinas

132.5
36.1
10.3
42.9
18.2
109.5

San Diego

161.9
50.8
12.4
57.1
19.6
145.8

San Francisco

171.2
70.4
13.6
62.6
18.5
194.6

San Jose

161.5
55.5
10.5
49.0
17.9
142.4

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria

146.6
51.9
11.6
47.5
22.0
153.1

Santa Cruz-Watsonville

150.5
47.9
11.3
43.6
21.6
134.1

Santa Rosa

190.3
70.2
14.2
68.8
23.3
195.0

Stockton-Lodi

145.8
55.3
11.4
58.1
18.5
133.6

Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa

64.4
63.8
11.0
61.8
18.1
155.7

Ventura

143.4
47.0
10.9
49.7
20.6
139.7

Visalia-Tulare-Porterville

133.7
43.3
9.0
52.8
19.9
116.2

Yolo

158.2
53.2
11.6
58.9
19.9
155.5

Yuba City

156.6
61.8
12.0
74.1
19.9
156.3

CALIFORNIA

154.9
56.9
12.3
60.1
18.9
150.0

NATIONAL

167.3
63.9
12.4
71.0
21.1
168.8
"(1) Sample includes only females. (2) Sample includes only males. Source: HCIA-Sachs."

"You are what you know. ... Today we live according to the latest version of how the universe functions. This view affects our behavior and thought, just as previous versions affected those who lived with them. Like the people of the past, we disregard phenomena which do not fit our view because they are 'wrong' or outdated. Like our ancestors, we know the real truth [stress added]." James Burke, 1985, The Day The Universe Changed (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), page 9.

The above quote and all of the information below not mentioned in The Wall Street Journal article but have been added to this page for your use:

http://ca.rand.org/stats/popdemo/deaths.html [RAND} California County-Level Death Statistics]

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/PHA/westernpacificrr/wpr_p2.html [Public Health Assessment} Oroville, 1991]

http://www.becnet.org/Bylines/Pesticides.html [Pesticide Use in California and Butte County, 2001]

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/cxcx3.html [Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry]

http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ref/path/cstat/morbidity.html [Guide to California Health Statistics: Morbidity]

http://www.ccrcal.org/abouttheccr.html [California Cancer Registry]

http://www.ehdp.com/oncogram/ [Cancer Registry Data]

http://www.personal.u-net.com/~njh/cstats.html [Cancer Link} California, 1996]

http://www.nccc.org/ [Northern California Cancer Center]

http://www.epibiostat.ucsf.edu/epidem/epidem.html [The World Wide Web Virtual Library : Epidemiology] 

http://www.cancer.com/ [Cancer.com]

http://www.solucient.com/news_press/news20001208.shtml [HFMS/HCIA SACHS Press Release]

http://www.dell.com/ca/en/gen/casestudies/casestudy_hcia.htm [Dell - HCIA - Sachs]

http://calpirg.org/CA.asp?id2=3612&id3=CA& [California PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)]

http://www.uspirg.org/ [U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) ] and be sure and check out

http://uspirg.org/uspirg.asp?id2=8822&id3=USPIRG& [and see various maps, including]

http://uspirg.org/reports/toxics03/cancermaps/jpegs/cacancer.jpg [California Carcinogen Map]


HAVE you ever really "read" the following announcement?

"WARNING: Chemicals known to the State [of Califrornia] to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are found in gasoline, cude oil, and many other petroleum products and their vapors, or result from their use. Read and fllow label directions and use care when handling or using all petroleum products. Chemicals known to the State [of Califrornia] to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are found in and around gasoline stations, refinieries, chemical plants, and other facilities that produce, handle, transport, store, or sell crude oil and petroleum and chemical products. Other facilities covered by this warning include, for example, oil and gas well, oil and gas treating plants, petroleum and chemical storage tanks, pipeline systems, marine vessels and barges, tank trucks and tank care, loading and unloading facilities, and refueling facilities. The foregoing warning is provided pursuant to Proposition 65. This law requires the governor of California to publish a list of chemicals 'known to the State to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.' This list is compiled in accordiance with a procedure established by the proposition, and can be obtained from the California Environmental Protection Agency. Proposition 65 requires that clear and reasonable warning be given to persons exposed to the listed checmicals in certain situations [stress in original.] Advertisement in The Chico Enterprise-Record, February 19, 2003.

And see: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/ [California Environmental Protection Agency Home Page]

Information is all around us, and as Jane Spencer reported in The Wall Street Journal (January 23, 2003, page D3) (on USPIRG in the article entitled "Toxic Pollutants Are Arranged By Zip Code"):

"While the report stopped short of examining if heavily polluted areas face elevated disease rates, it could accelerate the push to study the relationship between environmental factors and disease rates. There are very few data available exploring these connections [stress added]."

And consider the information on research concerning SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] on March 31, 2003:

"In the gleaming new laboratory of 33-year old Joseph DeRisi at UCSF, the latest version of his virus-screening technology was barely out of the box when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came calling. ... 'My real passion is to find new viruses and to find connections between disease states and viruses,' said DeRisi, an assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics. His lab's quick work has put a spotlight on so-called microarrays, an exciting new technology.... DeRisi's microarray is an ordinary 1- by 3-inch microscope slide, on which 12,000 different samples of genetic material have been deposited with the same precision used to etch electronic circuits in a semiconductor chip. Each sample appears as a microscopic dot on the slide, the dots organized into squares of precisely 400 dots per square. In fact, the robots that 'pick and place' each sample from a small reservoir onto its spot on the slide are descendants of the machines used to build electronic chips. When a sample of viral genes is washed over the [1- by 3-inch microscope slide], each of those 12,000 dots seemingly reaches out for pieces of viral gene that match. When a match is made, the viral gene clings to the dot like a burr to wool, and all that is left are the genes and their matching dots. Before the sample is applied to the slide, the viral genes are also impregnated in the lab with a chemical that glows under a laser. So when the slide is rinsed, dried and placed in a laser scanner, the dots that have found a matching gene glow like tiny lightbulbs. A computer program can quickly analyze the glowing portions of the slide. The pattern of glowing dots is unique for each virus and can be read by a scanner like a bar code, calling out the precise viral strain that matches. At a press conference announcing that a coronavirus was now the prime suspect, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding hailed the DeRisi lab microarray as 'the absolute state-of-the-art probe for vital genes' [stress added]." Sabin Russell, 2003, Virus detective's big break: Fast work identifies outbreak's source. The San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2003, page A8.

In addition to all of the information above and Rachel Carson's 1962 monumental Silent Spring below, other items which might be of interest to readers of this page include the following (in reverse chronological order):

Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., 2003, Step by Step, Scientists Track Mystery Ailment. The New York Times, April 1, 2003, Page D1 + D6, page D6.

Tim Friend, 2003, Study reveals 'whole new understanding of the way cancer develops.' USA Today, March 27, 2003, page 8D.

Anon., 2003, Tungsten a 'clue' to childhood leukemia cases: Explored as link between sites in 3 Western states. The San Francisco Chronicle, March 4, 2003.

Peter S. Goodman, 2003, China's recycle workers suffer: Health issues mount as West's computers are illegally imported and disassembled. The Sacramento Bee, March 3, 2003.

Julie Chao, 2003, Despite side effects, shrimp farming a big hit in China: Pollution worsens; antibiotics use rise. The San Francisco Chronicle, March 2, 2003.

Jim Carlton, 2003, Brockovich Takes Aim at PG&E And Its Influence on State Panel. The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2003.

Chris Bowman, 2003, Schools' old lights cast risky glow. The Sacramento Bee, March 5, 2003.

Jennifer Lee., 2003, Agency Says Children's Risk Is higher for Some Cancers. The New York Times, March 4, 2003.

Anon., 2003, Contra Costa officials, residents worry about nearbuy refinery. The Chico Enterprise-Record, March 3, 2003.

Anon., 2003, Erin Brockovich's new crusade: Oil rig next to Beverly Hills High School called cancer risk. The San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2003.

Anne Gonzales, 2003, Meth lab dumps threaten farm workers, environment. The Sacramento Bee, February 17, 2003.

Sharon Begley, 2003, Poisons Aren't Toxic To Everyone Equally, Creating a Dilemma. The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2003.

David N. Pellow and Lisa Sun-Hee Park, 2002, The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, And The High-Tech Global Economy (New York: New York University Press). [NOTE: CSUC #: HC 107 C22 S376 2002].

Anon., 2002, Marin volunteers ask residents reasons for elevated cancer rates. The Chico Enterprise-Record, November 10, 2002.

Anon., 2002, River microbe chows down on pollution. USA Today, November 5, 2002.

Jane Kay, 2002, Rich folks eating fish get mercury, too: Swordfish, tuna diet distinctly unhealthy. The San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2002.

Anita Manning, 2002, People who eat a lot of fish may run health risk: Study finds elevated consumption can lead to high intake of mercury. USA Today, November 5, 2002.

Thom Shanker, 2002, Defense Dept. Offers Details of Toxic Tests Done in Secret. The New York Times, October 10, 2002.

Elizabeth Weise, 2002, Poison-craving plant, germ designed to suck up pollutants. USA Today, October 8, 2002.

Anon., 2002, Scientists Look for Clues To Perils Lurking in Foods. The New York Times, October 1, 2002.

Gary Polakovic, 2002, State's dirty air gives kids high cancer risk: California has nation's worst smog. The San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2002.

Peter Waldman, 2002, California Says County Covered Up Cold War Contaminant. The Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2002.

Anon., 2002, Study links older cellphones, brain cancer. USA Today, September 11, 2002.

Jim Krane, 2002, Big winner could be environment [on nanotechnology]. The Sacramento Bee, September 9, 2002.

Eric Pianin, 2002, Arsenic and old wood not so good: Study warns of cancer dangers in children's outdoor playsets. The San Francisco Chronicle, August 30, 2002.

Andrew C. Revkin, 2002, Nuclear Power plant Opponents Cite Link to Infant Death Rate. The New York Times, April 30, 2002.

Katharine Q. Seelye, 2002, Study Sees 6,000 Deaths From Power Plants. The New York Times, April 18, 2002.

Stephen Smith, 2002, Ovarian cancer screening possible: Discovery may lead to early detection of deadly disease. The San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2002.

Jesse Drucker, 2002, Radiation in the skies. The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2002.

Anon., 2002, Environment: A River Runs Through it. Time, March 25, 2002.

Andrew C. Revkin, 2002, Stream Tests Show Traces Of Array of Contaminants. The New York Times, March 13, 2002.

Lindsey Tanner, 2002, Air pollution-cancer link.... The Sacramento Bee, March 6, 2002.

The New York Times, 2002, [article on nuclear fallout in the United States], March 1, 2002.

USA Today, 2002, [article on nuclear fallout in the United States], February 28, 2002.

Jane Kay, 2002, Growers sued over pesticide contamination: Suit claims run-off is polluting water. The San Francisco Chronicle, February 23, 2002.

The San Francisco Chronicle, 2002, Ovarian cancer blood test could provide early detection. The San Francisco Chronicle, February 9, 2002.

Anon., 2002, Studies find kids at particularly high risk from air pollution. The Chico Enterprise-Record, February 8, 2002.

Peter Fimrite, 2002, Marin County has highest rate of breast cancer in America. The San Francisco Chronicle, January 18, 2002.

Mark Pazniokas and Dennis Williams, 2001, U.S. sailors took part in '60s biological-war tests. The Sacramento Bee, October 21, 2001.

Carl T. Hall, 2001, Night shift link to breast cancer: Nocturnal exposure to light alters body chemistry, studies find. The San Francisco Chronicle, October 17, 2001.

Joe Garofoli and Pia Sarkar, 2001, Chemical leak waves red flag in Contra Costa. The San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2001.

Laurie Garrett, 2000, Betrayal of trust : the collapse of global public health (NY: Hperion). [NOTE CSUC #: RA441 G37 2000].

The Sacramento Bee, 2000, Pesticides.... The Sacramento Bee, November 28, 2000.

Kathleen Fackelmann, 2000, Drugs found in tap water: Teen discovers antibiotics in public supplies; scientists fear 'superbugs.' USA Today, November 8, 2000.

Anne Marie Chaker, 2000, Health: State Claims Cancer Rates Below Rest of U.S. The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2000, page CA4.

Bruce Meyerson, 2000, IBM Says Process Can Make Chips More Powerful. The San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2000.

Michael D. Lemonick, 1999, [on nanotechnology]. Time, November 8, 1999.

Steve Weinberg, 1999, Finding Radioactive Skeletons in the Cold War's Closet [book review of The Plutonium Files...by Eileen Welsome], The San Francisco Chronicle, October 31, 1999.

Todd Lewan, 1999, Nevadans watched nuclear tests. The Chico Enterprise-Record, October 17, 1999.

Anon., 1999, Solvents Threaten Drinking Water. The San Francisco Chronicle, February 23, 1999.

Glen Martin, 1999, High Toxic Levels Still Found in Fish Caught in S.F. Bay: New study suggests cleanup efforts have not flushed out contaminants. The San Francisco Chronicle, February 22, 1999.

Eileen Welsome, 1999, The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War. (NY: Dial Press). [NOTE: CSUC #: RA 1231 R2 W45 1999].

Steve Heilig, 1999, Lethal Springs Still Run Deep [book review of Our Children's Toxic Legacy....by John Wargo], The San Francisco Chronicle, September 29-October 5, 1996.

John Wargo, 1998, Our Children's Toxic Legacy: How Science and Law Fail to Protect Us From Pesticides (New haven: Yale University Press). [NOTE CSUC #: RA 1270 P4 W34 1996].

Scott Mooneyham, 1998, 'Intriguiging' study says prayer can heal. The Chico Enterprise-Record, November 10, 1998.

Peter Eisler and Steve Sternberg, 1997, Fallout study fuels new national concerns. USA Today, August 1, 1997.

Laurie Garrett, 1994,The coming plague : newly emerging diseases in a world out of balance (NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux). [NOTE CSUC #: RA651 G37 1994].

Carole Gallagher, 1993, American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). [NOTE CSUC #: U264.4 N3 G35 1993]

Benjamin Goldman, 1991, The Truth About Where You Live: An Atlas For Action on Toxins and Mortality (Times Books/Random House). [NOTE: CSUC #: RA566.3 G65 1991].

Rachel Carson, 1962, The Silent Spring (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin). [NOTE CSUC #: SB959 C3]


Finally, please remember the words of the Anthropologist Gregory Bateson (1904-1980):

"The unit of survival [or adaptation] is organism plus environment. We are learning by bitter experience that the organism which destroys its environment destroys itself. If, now, we correct the Darwinian unit of survival to include the environment and the interaction between organism and environment, a very strange and surprising identity emerges: the unit of survival turns out to be identical with the unit of mind" [italics in original; stress added]." Gregory Bateson, 1972, Steps To An Ecology of Mind (NY: Ballantine Books), page 483.
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