Bellarine Peninsula cancer cluster concerns

Friday, 26 April 2019

In response to community concerns about a suggested cancer cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Chief Health Officer conducted an assessment of available epidemiological data.

The assessment found no evidence of higher rates of cancer assessed in any geographical areas within the Bellarine Peninsula.

Initial concerns were related to the historical use of dieldrin in soil, however dieldrin has not been identified as an agent that results in the cancers cited in the media.

Subsequent concerns were expressed suggesting a link between public mosquito treatment and various cancers and immunological diseases. This suggestion has no scientific basis and the City is not aware of any evidence to support the claim.

Read our latest media statement regarding this issue.

Below is a list of questions and answers relating to this topic.

Need to know more...

  • Land use, contaminated land, environmental investigations
  • Effects of dieldrin on the enviroment and human health - contat the EPA on 1300 372 842
  • Historic use of dieldrin in agricultre or the management of farming properties with soil residues - contat Agriculture Victoria on 136 186
  • School testing - contact the Department of Education and Training on 1300 333 232
  • General information about cancer - visit the Cancer information page on the Cancer Council website
  • Chief Health Officer's Report
  • Concerns about your health or the health of your family - talk to your doctor or another health professional.

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