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Cancer Cluster Task Force Meeting June 22

The Governor's Task Force on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigation will have its initial meeting June 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Families First Health & Support Center at 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth.

According to the Governor's office, the task force brings together state and federal agencies involved in the pediatric cancer cluster, along with local community members to "coordinate a consistent strategy related to the health and environmental concerns: about the cluster.

Task force members include state Reps. Tom Sherman and David Borden, along with state Sens. Martha Fuller Clark and Nancy Stiles.

Several Seacoast children have died from rhabdomyosarcoma, RMS, one of the two rare types of childhood cancer the state determined was part of a small Seacoast cancer cluster. The state looked at the number of RMS cases in Rye, New Castle, Greenland, North Hampton and Portsmouth, according to a report it recently released.

The task force will also review progress being made by state agencies and keep the community informed about the progress of the task force.