Maps show risk of developing cancer based on where you live

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by KHOU.com staff, Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 8:09 PM

HOUSTON—A new study says where you live in Houston plays a major role in your risk for cancer.

Cite Magazine created a series of maps, based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency, to show your total risk of developing cancer in your lifetime based on where you live.

For Houston the map shows a large at-risk area on the east side of town near the Ship Channel and the city’s geographic center.  In these cancer-prone areas, there’s a 75 to 150 per million chance of developing any type of cancer over a lifetime.

The cancer clusters include places around Minute Maid Park and the Houston Dynamos soccer stadium, both areas where new condos and new construction are attracting more people.

Katrina Person has lived just east of downtown Houston for three months. She thought she lived far enough away from any potentially toxic air.

“I think as a person, if I would have known prior to moving here, I would not have wanted to live closer to an area that is more prone to cancer,” said Person.

The study does not look at other potential causes such as family history, or other health factors, but the study’s authors say air quality should be considered when deciding where to live.

Cite is published by Rice Design Alliance, a nonprofit organization that is working to improve Houston’s quality of life.

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