Navigation Links
More Cancer Testing Urged in Australian TV Studios

The mysterious spread of breast cancer cases at the Brisbane studios of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) continues to cause concern among its staff.

Former news assistant Angela Eckersley is the 15th confirmed cancer case among the ABC staff who worked at the now-abandoned Toowong headquarters of the broadcaster.

On Friday the ABC staff passed a number of resolutions, including a request for faster payment of compensation for those diagnosed with the disease and free medical testing for male employees.

Dave Waters from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance says workers also want all electronic equipment to be tested.

"Staff also called for tests, that were aborted as a result of the evacuation at the Toowong studios, to be recommenced across the seven ABC sites across Brisbane, towards providing that necessary reassurance about the safety of the equipment they are working with," he said.

Waters says are also calling for a register of past and present employees for health monitoring purposes.

"There is universal concern amongst ABC Brisbane employees about this cancer cluster," he said.

"Yes, we have seen 15 cases of breast cancer since 1994 but all staff are concerned about cancer and that extends to men."

The lawyer representing eight of the 15 women diagnosed with the illness after working at the Toowong site says many are still to be reimbursed for their costs.

Roger Singh from Shine Lawyers says the process needs to be sped up.

"These ladies have suffered significantly - the anguish and turmoil from the diagnoses and the impact on their families as you can imagine has been significant," he said.

"The financial hardship which goes with that takes its toll so when individuals need to get medical treatment as swiftly as possible, they have to dip into their own pockets and the expense is significan t."

Eckersley, aged 40, was with the ABC for seven years and worked at the same production desk as seven women also diagnosed with the disease.

An expert panel convened last year could not find a cause for the cluster at the work site, which had a cancer rate up to 11 times higher than the general working community.

The panel's final report, handed down last month, noted that cancer clusters had been notoriously difficult to get to the bottom of.

It noted a US study of 61 workplace cancer cluster investigations, in which most were found to have no plausible cause.

The chair of the expert panel that examined the cluster, Bruce Armstrong, said further probes were not likely to turn up anything new.

Professor Armstrong said the outcome of the panel's investigation had been frustrating.

"You'd like an explanation and people want an explanation and you hope to find an explanation that would be helpful," he said.

"But at the same time, you know that if you go in investigating a cluster, the probabilities are against you."

Professor Armstrong said the panel had already documented the cases "reasonably thoroughly" and little more could be learned from them.

"Someone may have a bright idea but the betting is against it," he said.

"Our advice from the experts said the results from the (radiation) monitors that were recovered are sufficient to establish that ionizing radiation was not the cause of the cluster," he said.

However, former ABC newsreader Lisa Backhouse today said both the ABC and the scientific community should study their cases further.

"It would be an appalling waste if we just shut the book on this investigation," she said.

Backhouse, who was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2004, has survived but still requires hormone treatment, said researchers should b e "pounding down our doors".

"We are an obvious breast cancer cluster, we worked in a very confined place, we are the perfect place to start if you're a medical researcher. Where are they? Why aren't they looking at our case?" she demanded to know.

Angela Eckersleys husband and former ABC reporter and presenter, Ian Eckersley, also felt more had to be done.

"If people look hard enough and long enough and keep an open book, just maybe there's some clues there to unlock some of the mysteries and some of the answers as to what causes breast cancer," he said.

His wife was still in hospital but had received an "excellent prognosis" and the family hoped to have her home in the next couple of days.

"It has been an enormously challenging time but she is an amazingly courageous and strong woman and she's doing very well," Ian said.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Fibroids unlikely to Turn Cancerous
2. Virus Level could Predict Cervical Cancer Risk
3. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
4. Potential New Cancer Gene Identified
5. Consensus on "Combination Therapy" for Breast Cancer
6. Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking
7. Life Saving Cancer Drugs – From Chicken! Possible Says Dolly’ Creatos
8. The Cancer Rumour mill working over time
9. Cancer drugs in development nearly doubled since 1995
10. Radioactive Seeds used in Prostate Cancer treatment can migrate with the body
11. Cancer patients turning to Internet for information
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... mental health professionals, announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. ... to the network of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, ... remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and ... Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . , For ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop ... The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... all type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as ... of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to ... one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has dedicated his ... implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The procedure is ... to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... DUBLIN , June 24, 2016 ... "The World Market for Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to ... World Market for Companion Diagnostics The World ... diagnostic and personalized medicine diagnostics. Market analysis in the report ... Diagnostics Test Market (In Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in ... durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has ... is led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel ... investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization ... release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: