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The State

San Francisco public health authorities said there is “no evidence” of a continuing problem in two neighborhoods, despite a city Bureau of Disease Control report that children living there suffered cancer at nearly twice the normal rate between 1973 and 1985. Officials said they will continue to monitor the cancer rates in parts of Noe and Eureka valleys, but have no plans for a closer investigation of possible causes. Health Director David Werdegar said the increase “above what is expected is modest” and added, “It’s probably a chance finding.” He noted that the high rate disappeared after 1985. Neighborhood groups have long expressed concern about two possible causes--the UC San Francisco Medical Center and Sutro Tower, a hilltop structure topped with television transmission equipment.


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