For many years, mortality and incidence rates for bladder cancer have been higher in New England than in the rest of the country. This population-based, case-control study of bladder cancer in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine sought to explain the reasons for the persistent excess of rates of bladder cancer in the northern New England area.
Data analyses are underway to explore the use of well water from private sources, which may contain elevated levels of arsenic, in relation to the excess bladder cancer rates in New England. Also, smoking fewer cigarettes over a long time appears to be more harmful than smoking more cigarettes over a shorter time.
For more information, contact Dr. Debra Silverman.