No radioactivity found at school, where over 100 developed brain tumors

Former students and staff at Colonia High School did not get a brain tumor from the school, a probe has found

Colonia High School alumni and staff didn’t get a brain tumor from the school, a probe found (Images: NBC/Google/Facebook)

A study of how over 100 people who attended or worked at a New Jersey high school all developed rare brain cancer found no traces of radioactivity at the school.

The research began after dozens of former high school students and staff were diagnosed with brain cancer over a 30-year period. The study examined whether the area had radiological contamination that would aid in the diagnosis of brain tumors and other tumors or diseases of the central nervous system.

A former student at Colonia High School in Woodbridge, New Jersey, began investigating the connection after realizing that he, his wife and sister all had brain tumors. This student, Al Lupiano, then found that 107 former students and teachers also had brain tumors.

Following the release of his findings, Woodbridge Town Mayor John McCormac took action and commissioned an environmental engineering company to investigate possible pollutants that might have caused the brain tumors.

The results of the environmental assessment were announced on Thursday.

“We are very pleased to report that our extensive indoor and outdoor radon and radiation testing of the school building did not reveal any evidence of carcinogenic hazards to warrant further investigation,” said McCormac.

“This is great news for the current students at Colonial High School and their parents who, along with the current staff, are concerned for their safety. And it’s also great news for all the alumni who attended Colonia High School and staff who have worked at Colonia High School since it opened in 1968,” he added.

The study concluded that the school building’s radiological condition was consistent with typical state radiation levels.

The state health department also examined brain tumor rates for high school and compared them to brain tumor rates across New Jersey and the rest of the United States. They found the prices to be consistent across the board.

While the exact number of people who have been diagnosed with glioblastoma is unknown, the form of cancer is incredibly rare. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, glioblastoma occurs in only 3.21 per 100,000 people.

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