Experts will probe cancer cluster
TWO Northern NSW Health officials will meet with Mooball residents Dr Paul Malouf and Ronald Marshall on Thursday to investigate claims of a cancer cluster in the village.
The Tweed Daily News first reported the claims that cancers - killing sufferers as young as teens and still affecting people today - could have been caused by widespread use of radioactive sand as soil fill.
Dr Malouf claimed to be aware of 28 cancer cases on one Mooball street, treating four of those as patients.
Twenty-one of those cases were verified to be cancer by the Tweed Daily News through the sufferers' family members.
NSW Health's chief environmental officer Paul Corben and environmental health officer Tony Kohlemberg are seeking private medical data.
"NSW Health investigates all public health concerns raised by community members," a representative said.
"The assumption currently is that the information which Dr Malouf intends on sharing with (Mr) Corben to substantiate claims of a cancer cluster will relate to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer."