Carney wants statistics on cancer clusters

May 30, 2008 12:16:48 PM PDT
Lt. Gov. John Carney wants state health officials to provide citizens with more information about cancer cases by geographic areas. Carney is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor and is endorsing state legislation that would require health officials to release the data by census tract. Each area is defined by the Census Bureau and includes only a few thousand people.

The Division of Public Health has identified eight so-called cancer clusters in Sussex County and New Castle County. But officials have withheld the census tract data, arguing the records could be used to identify patients.

Carney worked to make public the first report on one of those tracts last year.

The state Senate bill is pending in the House of Representatives.