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New Hampshire Updated Data Shows Higher Cancer Rates in Merrimack where PFOA was Detected

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released new data analysis from the State Cancer Registry that finds higher kidney and renal cancer rates following the 2018 Cancer Incidence Report that was based on a study conducted in response to community concerns about the detection of PFOA in the Merrimack Village District Public Water System.

The DHHS press release emphasizes that there is not enough information available at this time to draw any conclusions about the individuals who have kidney and renal cancer in Merrimack and any specific exposure, but indicates the need for additional investigation. The new data analysis is part of a multi-step process with Merrimack residents and subject matter experts to gather additional information and convene a local meeting in the near future.

For more information, read the NH DHHS press release.