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New England Bladder Cancer Study

Information for Journalists

To request an interview with a DCEG investigator, contact the NCI Office of Media Relations:


Phone: 240-760-6600

For over 50 years, mortality and incidence rates for bladder cancer are higher in New England than in most parts of the United States. 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.

Investigators collected data on 2,600 participants via personal interview, biological samples (blood, buccal cells, urine, toenails, and tumor tissue), as well as drinking water samples.

For more information, contact Dr. Debra Silverman.

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch - Research Areas

Selected Publications

Baris, D. et al. Elevated bladder cancer in northern New England: The role of drinking water and arsenic. J. Natl Cancer Inst. May 2, 2016.

Baris, D. et al. A case-control study of smoking and bladder cancer risk: Emergent patterns over time. J Natl Cancer Inst. Nov 18, 2009.

Colt, J, et al. Occupation and bladder cancer in a population-based case-control study in Northern New England. Occup Environ Med. April 2011.

Nuckols JR, et al. Estimating water supply arsenic levels in the New England Bladder Cancer Study. Environ Health Perspect. Sept 2011.