Cancer Assessment in Hinkley: The Real Problem

Wednesday, June 20
2:30 - 3:00


  • Dr. John W. Morgan
    Presentation (pptx, 7.43 MB)
  • Dr. Mark E. Reeves

This session will present observed and expected counts of new cancers in Hinkley, California developed using population-based cancer registry data. A $330 million legal settlement against a public utility, an Academy Award winning Hollywood movie (Erin Brockovich), and numerous news stories claimed a cancer excess in Hinkley. This study data does not support claims of an etiologic cancer excess in Hinkley. The session will present evidence that under-utilization of cancer screening constitutes the real cancer problem in this remote desert community. The study can help providers better understand and account for the effects of under-screening.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe methods used to quantitatively evaluate community cancer occurrence.
  2. Calculate standardized incidence ratios (SIR) for specific cancers in Hinkley, CA.
  3. Interpret findings that distinguish between primary and secondary prevention needs.
  4. Describe the implications of these findings for other environments.

Presented by the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation/Association in Partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the Indian Health Clinical Support Center (accredited sponsor)

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