The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency held a community forum in Carlsbad to answer questions from residents about cancer, including genetic and environmental factors.
The forum took place Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Calavera Hills Middle School Gymnasium, 4100 Tamarack Avenue. Thomas Mack, M.D., a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine was the featured speaker at the event. Dr. Mack is an expert in infectious and chronic diseases and he has conducted extensive research regarding genetic and environmental causes of chronic disease, including cancers.
Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County of San Diego Public Health Officer, moderated the forum. Thomas Cota, Performance Manager from the School Cleanup Unit of the Department of Toxic Substances Control also presented findings of the removal of arsenic-contaminated soil from the football field at Carlsbad High School. The Department of Toxic Substances Control supervised the soil investigation and sampling process at Carlsbad High School. Other experts were available to share findings on local air and water quality and present information regarding environmental links to cancers and included: Steve Moore, PhD, Senior Engineer and Bill Brick, Senior Meteorologist, San Diego Air Pollution Control District; Jack Miller, Director, San Diego Department of Environmental Health; Kay Clark, Health Programs Manager, American Cancer Society; and Glenn Pruim, Public Works Director, Carlsbad Municipal Water District. Forum attendees had many questions.
At the end of the evening, Dr. Wooten announced that the County would do the following:
- Launch a webpage on Monday, May 3rd to provide an update about County activities related to this issue.
- Create a task force comprised of community members and County staff to gather further information on cancer cases in Carlsbad to provide to the California Cancer Registry.
- Convene a follow-up community forum within 30 days to report back the results of the information provided to the Cancer Registry.
The County takes the concerns of citizens seriously. We are working closely with community members to address their concerns.