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Remington Park Study Area: Within the boundaries of Parent Ave., Grand Marais Rd E., Howard Ave., and S Pacific Ave.

September 9, 2016 UPDATE:

Last night’s presentation at the Town Hall meeting is now available on the website.

September 6, 2016 UPDATE:

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has posted the Remington Park Cancer Cluster Investigation Report. This early release will provide the community an opportunity to read the document prior to Thursday’s town hall meeting.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016 
Time:  6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Optimist Community Centre located at 1075 Ypres Avenue.

The Health Unit will not speak to the public or the media regarding the findings of the Remington Park Cancer Cluster investigation report until after the opening presentation at the town hall meeting. This will afford members of the public the first opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

The meeting will start with a 30 minute presentation. Following the presentation, there will be one hour designated for a question and answer session.  The last hour will be reserved for the public to visit educational booths that will have information about lung cancer, its risks and how to reduce them.  The Canadian Cancer Society, Smokers’ Helpline, Ontario Lung Association, Cancer Care Ontario, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Health Canada, and the Health Unit will have educational booths at the event.

The opening presentation will focus on:

  • Cancer, local statistics on cancer, and background information on cancer clusters;
  • The investigation and its results; and
  • Next steps.

Space will be limited for this event, as we are only able to accommodate 200 people comfortably. Entry to the event will be on a first come, first serve basis. For those unable to attend the event, we will be posting minutes from the town hall on our website.


August 11, 2016 UPDATE:
Remington Park Cancer Cluster Investigation Town Hall Meeting

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be hosting a follow-up town hall meeting to discuss the findings of the Remington Park Cancer Cluster investigation.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time:  6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Optimist Community Centre located at 1075 Ypres Avenue.

At this time, we are asking the media to help us promote the event to the community. The Health Unit will not speak to the public or the media regarding the findings of the Remington Park Cancer Cluster investigation report until after the opening presentation at the town hall meeting on September 8, 2016. This will afford members of the public the first opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

The meeting will start with a 30 minute presentation. Following the presentation, there will be one hour designated for a question and answer session.  The last hour will be reserved for the public to visit educational booths that will have information about lung cancer, its risks and how to reduce them.  At the time of this notice, the Canadian Cancer Society, Smokers’ Helpline and the Health Unit will have educational booths at the event; we are hopeful additional agencies will as well. The opening presentation will focus on:

  • Cancer, local statistics on cancer, and background information on cancer clusters;
  • The investigation and its results; and
  • Next steps.

During the question and answer session, the public will be able to ask further questions regarding the findings in the report, which will be posted to the Health Unit website by September 6, 2016. This will provide the community an opportunity to read the document prior to the meeting.

Space will be limited for this event, as we are only able to accommodate 200 people comfortably. Entry to the event will be on a first come, first serve basis. For those unable to attend the event, we will be posting minutes from the town hall on our website.


June 16, 2016 UPDATE: The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit anticipates sharing with our community the results of the Remington Park Cancer Cluster investigation sometime this summer. We are working closely with our community partners and Public Health Ontario to provide residents of Windsor and Essex County a thorough report based on scientific evidence.


January 25, 2016 UPDATE: As of December 31, 2015 the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has concluded the data collection phase of the investigation surrounding the Remington Park Cancer Cluster.
 
The health unit has conducted interviews with 50% of the target population (or their next of kin). As a reminder, the individuals of interest for this investigation are defined as those diagnosed with primary lung cancer (or their next of kin) between 2000-2009 in the specific area of Remington Park.
 
The analysis phase of the investigation is now underway, where all the information from the interviews is being analyzed by an epidemiologist. This information is being reviewed (without personal health information) with Public Health Ontario. After they’ve analyzed the data from the interviews, Public Health Ontario will share their analysis with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, which will guide the next steps.
 
A report surrounding the cancer cluster is expected to be completed by Spring 2016. The results of any report will be made public.


September 28, 2015 UPDATE: At the Board of Health meeting held on Thursday, September 17, 2015, Dr. Kirk announced that the Remington Park Cancer Cluster data collection portion of the investigation will likely conclude at the end of December.  This is largely because the number of eligible individuals (or their next of kin) interested in participating in the investigation has decreased significantly over the last two months.  To date, we have contacted about a third of the individuals of interest (or their next of kin) and conducted questionnaires.  By making this announcement three months in advance of closing the investigation, we are hopeful that other individuals of interest (or their next of kin) will reach out to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) so they can be interviewed.  As a reminder, the individuals of interest for this investigation are defined as those diagnosed with primary lung cancer (or their next of kin) between 2000-2009 in the specific area of Remington Park (as noted in the image on this webpage).

Investigations must have a start and end date for data collection. The information can be only be analyzed once the end date has been set. In January, the analysis of the data collected will begin. Once the analysis is complete, the Health Unit will determine how best to proceed. As stated by Dr. Kirk at the April 25, 2015 Town Hall meeting, the Health Unit will:

  • Inform the public of the outcome of each part of the investigation,
  • Continue to invite the public to share their concerns,
  • Continue to monitor the lung cancer incidence in the 4 Remington Park dissemination areas in coordination with Cancer Care Ontario,
  • Promote the Ontario Health Study, a long-term research study designed to create a large database of people to better understand complex chronic diseases, such a cancer, and develop strategies for their prevention and treatment, and
  • Create and share a final report at the conclusion of the investigation.

As mentioned above, the WECHU still hopes to administer the questionnaire, prior to the December data collection deadline date, to all 24 individuals or their next of kin, who were diagnosed with lung cancer between 2000-2009 in the defined Remington Park area. Those individuals can still contact the Health Unit by choosing one of the following:

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August 24, 2015 UPDATE: The Remington Park Cancer Cluster investigation is at the interviewing and data collection phase. We are hopeful that we will be able to administer the questionnaire to the 24 individuals or their next of kin, who were diagnosed with lung cancer between 2000-2009 in the defined Remington Park area. Once we analyze the data, we will determine how to move forward.

The Health Unit will:

  • Inform the public of the outcome of this part of the investigation as well as subsequent parts,
  • Continue to invite the public to share their concerns,
  • Continue to monitor the lung cancer incidence in the 4 Remington Park dissemination area’s in coordination with Cancer Care Ontario,
  • Promote the Ontario Health Study, a long-term research study designed to create a large database of people to better understand complex chronic diseases, such a cancer, and develop strategies for their prevention and treatment, and
  • Create and share a final report at the conclusion of the investigation.

May 21, 2015 UPDATE: Meeting minutes are now available from the town hall meeting given at Optimist Community Centre on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Dr. Gary Kirk, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. You can view the minutes by clicking here


May 1, 2015 UPDATE - The town hall presentation given at the Optimist Community Centre on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Dr. Gary Kirk, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, is now available on the website. You can download a copy of the PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation.


April 10, 2015 UPDATE – The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting regarding the Remington Park cancer cluster investigation on Wednesday, April 29 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Optimist Community Centre located at 1075 Ypres Avenue.  For more details, please visit the event page.

The indirect standardization and SIRs for Remington Park compared to Ontario from 2000-2009 by Cancer Care Ontario, was also just published to the Health Unit website. The report is available in the reports section of the website.


March 25, 2015 - Remington Park Cancer Cluster Preliminary Investigation

Recent concerns have been raised regarding a reported cancer cluster in the Remington Park area. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has created a data collection tool as a first step in our preliminary investigation. The tool is intended to gather necessary information from the public about their concerns with the Remington Park area. The information provided may help to determine how best to move the investigation forward.

Although all information offered is appreciated, the initial investigation will be focused. The focus will be on Remington Park residents who were diagnosed with primary lung cancer between the years of 2000 and 2009. That is, the focus is on residents who were diagnosed with cancer that began in the lungs, as opposed to beginning somewhere else in the body and spreading to the lungs, and who lived in a specific geographical location of Remington Park (see above map) between 2000 and 2009. Please view the larger image of the specific geographic location, if desired. This type of cancer over this time period among residents of this geographic location was statistically significant, when compared to provincial and Windsor-Essex County averages.

At this stage, we are seeking public input and asking the community to contact us by choosing one of the following:

This preliminary investigation is a start to a process that takes time. This could not be done without the support of many partners including Public Health OntarioCancer Care Ontario, and the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program.

Your time and input are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

For those individuals recently diagnosed with Cancer, we recommend the following additional information and resources:

Please keep checking this webpage for future updates.