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Pa. Health Department is investigating several cases of rare cancer in Washington Co. – CBS Pittsburgh



CANONSBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Health is currently investigating a potential cancer cluster in Washington County.

Ewing's sarcoma is a bone tumor that is considered a very rare childhood disease. For young adults to be diagnosed, this is considered extremely rare.

However, in the last 10 years, four people have been diagnosed in the Canon McMillan School District.

Mitch Barton is among those diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. The 21

-year-old now spends his days on medical appointments, taking medication and vitamins to rebuild the aggressive cancer. Mitch thought he had injured his collarbone at work.

"It finally swelled, the size of a hockey puck," Mitch said.

(Photo Courtesy: Mitch Barton)

Mitch's mother, Christine Barton, watches every son's painful step.

"He was such a healthy kid when we grew up, so we really had no reason to believe that & # 39; & # 39; You know, it was something so significant, "said Christine.

An operation to remove the tumor and know that the cancer spreads to a lung was a lot to do for both mother and son.

I did an operation to remove my right collarbone and remove my tumor, and here I am today, "Mitch said.

The Ewing sarcoma is the same cancer that claimed the lives of Mitch's classmates and Mitch's baseball teammates. Luke Blanock He died in 2016.

Photo: Twitter / @ lukeblanock11

Mitch still wears his LukeStrong bracelet ,

"I was shocked to find out that I was diagnosed and that it really hit me. because I just remember what he's been through, "Mitch said.

Mitch and Luke are not the only ones who have been diagnosed.

According to the US Department of Health, four cases of Ewing's sarcoma occurred between 2006 and 2017 No one was reported in 2017, but Mitch was diagnosed in 2018, so at least one other man they know was known.

"Could it be something environmental? We do not know, but we should look around to exclude these possibilities, "said Christine.

Mitch's mother says she has been heard by many other families in the Pittsburgh area.

The Department of Public Health also says that it has heard from affected community members of an increase in radiation-related cancers in the area, and they are also investigating them.

A spaghetti fundraiser for Mitch will take place in the Muse Fire Hall from 2pm to 7pm Saturday.


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