MELBOURNE, Florida – The Florida Department of Health is alerting Brevard County Residents, in the 32937 zip code, about increased cancer risk. This area code includes Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, and South Patrick Shores.
“Recent community concerns regarding cancer rates have been brought to the attention of the Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard), according to the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County website.
Currently, they do not have evidence as to the source of any disease cluster. However, the department is taking the concerns of the community seriously.
They are encouraging community members to contact them with their concerns so that they can gather information. Once they collect enough information, they will review it with the Florida Cancer Registry and determine what their next steps should happen.
“It is important to note that, although cancer is a serious and frightening diagnosis, it is a common disease. Current information shows that approximately one out of three Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime, and cancer will affect three out of four families. The risk of developing cancer increases with age (with the increased risk starting at age 40), so as the population ages, more cases of cancer are expected in our communities, according to the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County website.
Any information having to do with the Patrick Air Force Base should be forwarded to the U.S. Air Force.
Please contact the Brevard County Health Department at (321) 454-7101 with any questions and concerns.
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