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State: No unusual cancer stats near manufacturer

July 26, 2019
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The Michigan health department said it didn't find a significant increase in cancer among people near a local medical device manufacturer.

The only exception over a 15-year period was a blood cancer, but the department said it was based on 25 cases and wasn't significantly higher than the overall state rate.

Viant Medical has been under scrutiny over its use of ethylene oxide, a colorless gas linked to cancer. In March, the company said it would stop sterilizing equipment at the facility by the end of the year. State regulators have issued at least four pollution violations over the past two years.

The health department said there are a few caveats to its work.

It's possible that people have left the area. The department also said the state cancer registry doesn't have information to make a link to environmental contamination.

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