Dr. Oz: Cancer Clusters – How to Find & Report Cancer Clusters


Doctor Oz discussed Cancer Clusters and how to find and report them.  Recently, a new cancer cluster has been found in West Palm Beach, Florida in a place called The Acreage.  In 1994 a child got brain cancer there and between 2005 and 2008, eight children got brain cancer.  One child who got brain cancer was a little boy named Garrett.  Garrett’s mother, Jennifer, wrote to the Florida Department of Health and she began to track cancer and brain cancer in West Palm Beach with other families in the area.

Tracy, the mother of another 16 year old girl who got brain cancer (Jennifer), also live near Garrett.  Tim Malloy, a reporter for WPTV radio station, reported cancer clusters in West Palm Beach and got hundreds of calls from families who had cases of cancer.  In early February 2010, the state of Florida declared The Acreage a cancer cluster.  Only 1 in 5 locations that are raised as potential cancer clusters are ever named a true Cancer Cluster, and finding the source or cause is even more rare.


  1. Abigail says

    Absolutely Jennifer did the right thing! People without children, or people not directly affected by any kind of disease don’t understand how helpless one can feel trying to find answers. She was trying to find answers on behalf of her child. ANY parent would do the same thing. She didn’t do this to hurt anyone’s property value. We live in the Acreage, I don’t know Jennifer or her family, I do know others who have been affected- not all young children (in one family a child and Mom have both been affected), and yes our property values are down too. But people out here need to realize that what they are seeing with their property values at this time is due to the economy, not Jennifer’s search for answers. Will it affect our property values in the future – more than likely. We’re not the first place in the US that has gotten this title, and sadly we won’t be the last.
    Our prayer is that for all the families affected by the cancer that their loved ones get better, and that the source of the cancer is found and dealt with properly.

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