Cancer rates in coal mining community spark concern

The study commissioned by the Port Waratah Coal Services in response to staff concerns found 63 workers including five women have been diagnosed with cancer at its Kooragang Island terminal, a rate nearly twice as high as would be expected in the Australian population.

The University of Newcastle carried out the research which involved comparing the records of 859 PWCS employees against NSW cancer records and the records of staff at another PWCS terminal, at Carrington.

Some 18 different cancers were found among the workers at Kooragang

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