Herkimer County residents questioning cancer cluster

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - An unusually high number of cancer cases in Herkimer County is prompting residents to ask what's making them sick.

Residents from the areas of Newport, Fairfield, Norway and Middleville met Monday night to get to the bottom of the problem.

Residents gathered in the Norway Town Hall, sharing personal stories, data and information in an attempt to solve a big mystery: Why are so many people in their area getting diagnosed with cancer and other serious medical conditions.

One of the residents at the meeting said right now, Newport is the biggest area of concern, because there are some old chemical dump sites there.

One of the residents sharing his personal story is Billy Lloyd. He was living in Newport when he was diagnosed with cancer at age 7. After a year and a half of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he beat it.

But all these years later, he wants to find out why he got it in the first place.

"This is a fantastic group that has formed," Lloyd said. "This is my first meeting I've attended. I'm glad it's getting bigger.

"I hope to go to the next one and hopefully make it nationally known what's going on in our community and have something done about it."

The group is meeting again in a month. More residents are encouraged to get involved.

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