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July 17, 2018
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Unfinished study looks at C8, elevated cancer rates
(WOUB) - An unfinished state study takes a look at a possible link between cancer and a chemical used to make Teflon.

The Department of Health and Human Resources study looked at cancer rates in Jackson, Mason and Wood counties. The agency wanted to look at cancer rates for residents living in those counties
which depend on water contaminated with a chemical known as C-8.

The study says it cannot draw a direct link between the chemical and elevated rates of prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Jackson and Wood counties. Mason County did not show significantly higher levels of cancer.

C-8 is used at DuPont's Washington Works plant near Parkersburg. The company is paying for a separate health screening to determine if there is a link between the chemical and human health problems.

DuPont maintains there is no health risk from the chemical.

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