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Pembroke family believes pollution in Ogeechee caused son's cancer

Researchers say pilot study shows need for more research

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POSTED: March 7, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Betty Moore from Pembroke attended a presentation from Georgia Southern student nurses in Statesboro on Saturday about the Ogeechee River fish kill.

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When Georgia Southern University nursing students presented a study of health problems reported by people along the Ogeechee River, Bryan County residents Betty Moore and Spencer Moore Sr. made a point of attending.
The Moores' main home is just outside Pembroke. But their son Steven, 53, resides on a 13-acre tract the family owns on the river at Gobar Landing in Bulloch County. After being treated for earlier problems that included double vision and headaches, Steven Moore was diagnosed last November with a brain tumor.
He is dying, his parents told everyone at Saturday's presentation. About 60 people filled the community room at Statesboro Regional Library to hear the results of the nursing students' research.
The students emphasized that their study was a limited one, based on anonymous health surveys. Its results, they said, point to a need for further study. The surveys were returned by 76 Bulloch County residents who lived near or had visited the river since the record May 2011 fish kill.
"We just hope that further research will be done and this will be used as inspiration to follow up, because this is a pilot study. It is a student, pilot study," said the study's lead author, senior nursing student Lynsey Johnson.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Bryan County News.




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