News

Is there a cancer cluster in a CQ mining town?

THE support for Heath Pearce as he battles leukaemia has overwhelmed his family, but tragically, he's not the only one in Dysart battling the disease.

In fact, the number of cases in their small town has prompted his mum Jasmine Pearce to create their own 'Dysart Cancer Club' on Facebook.

Jasmine said her son Heath, 4, was the first of five young children she knew of in Dysart, a small town of about 3000, to be diagnosed with leukaemia in just over two years.

"Heath was the first one, we had two boys who lived in Dysart then moved away, then another boy with the same variety … and we just had a little girl diagnosed," she said.

On top of that, Jasmine knows of one little boy who has a tumour on his spine, and one adult who also suffers from leukaemia.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said in Central Queensland more than 1100 people were diagnosed with cancer every year, and about 400 people died each year.

"The latest data available shows that between 2007 and 2011, 170 people were diagnosed with leukaemia in Central Queensland, including children," she said.

"While childhood cancer is relatively rare, between the five-year period, 280 children aged zero to 14 were diagnosed with some form of cancer in Central Queensland, excluding squamous and basal cell skin cancers."

Mackay Hospital and Health Service was not able to confirm the exact number of leukaemia cases in Dysart.

In 2007 Queensland Health began an investigation into a higher-than-average rate of leukaemia in Gladstone, but they found no link between the increase in cases and industry in the region.

At the time it was reported there were 22 cases of chronic lymphoid leukaemia in the Gladstone-Calliope area between 1996 and 2004, above the state average of 14.

Community advocate Jim Pearce said he remembered Dysart residents raising concerns about an increase in cancer cases about 10 years ago.

However, he said Queensland Health at the time assured the community their data did not show an increase above the average figures.

Dysart has been battling water quality issues for four years but Isaac Shire Council assured residents in January there was no health risk with the supply.

In January about 640 people signed a petition calling for an explanation and solution to the water quality issues at Dysart.

Topics:  cancer cancer council queensland dysart water



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

The 'pretty boy' miner wowing the world of fashion

Nikke Horrigan - Miner to designer

Bowen Basin miner tells why he downed tools for sewing machine.

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

LIVE UPDATES: Family told to give up prisoners if whereabouts known

Capricorn Correction Centre prison generic.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

RESIDENTS urged to "be aware" as police search for escapees.

Local Partners

Motorbike rider airlifted to Rocky after head on collision

A "HIGH-SPEED" collision with a 4WD has left a motorbike ride seriously injured.


Win a $1000

GROCERY GIFT CARD!
Learn More

No horsing around in wild west spectacular

The Rooftop Express Wild West Show is expected to thrill audiences at the Rockhampton Heritage Festival, with a show produced specially for the Beef Capital.

Beef Capital to be wowed by Rooftop Express at Heritage Festival

Musical favourite hits the Rockhampton stage

STEPPING UP: The new kid Ren, played by Joseph Lewis with the town folk (from left) Ben Childes, Jack Kelly, Patrick Reddy, Mackenzie Ralphs and Nicholas Marxsen. Footloose will hit the Pilbeam Theatre Stage Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27.

The Cathedral College gets 'Footloose'

ACROSS THE REGION: Your weekend of events in CQ

STAGE: The Cathedral College presents Footloose at the Pilbeam Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

Find out what's happening across CQ right here.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

BEN Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day in a joint announcement.

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

No horsing around in wild west spectacular

The Rooftop Express Wild West Show is expected to thrill audiences at the Rockhampton Heritage Festival, with a show produced specially for the Beef Capital.

Beef Capital to be wowed by Rooftop Express at Heritage Festival

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Deluge brings massive price rise for property near Rocky

BIG BUY: The Howard family handed over Yaamba's historic Balmoral property to the Harvey family on Thursday.

DOWNPOUR'S perfect timing entices buyer to pay huge dollars.

Timeless classic that will cause a 'feeding frenzy'

10 Dagmar St, The Range is complete in from its colonial style to front yard.

1920s Colonial home perfect for large families

Investor travels 1500km to bid for bargain Rocky homes

McGrath Property Agents Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast Principal Todd Brandon.

Competitive bidding at in-house auction of deceased estate

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!