Gard affected by an excess of brain tumors

Several cases of glioblastoma, a rare and very aggressive type of cancer of the central nervous system, have been observed in the municipalities of Salindres and Rousson.

This type of cancer is relatively uncommon: 3,481 cases were diagnosed in 2018 in France.
This type of cancer is relatively uncommon: 3,481 cases were diagnosed in 2018 in France. CAVALLINI JAMES / BSIP / CAVALLINI JAMES / BSIP

Salindres, an industrial town nestled between the Cévennes National Park and the Rhône Valley, a stone’s throw from Alès (Gard), has been under surveillance by health authorities for ten years. On Tuesday, the public health agency France announced the existence of a “grouping” of cases of glioblastoma, a rare and very aggressive type of cancer of the central nervous system (less than 5% survival at 10 years). In total, nine cases were identified between 2006 and 2015 in the municipalities of Salindres and Rousson. A number “Three times higher than the departmental average”, according to the health agency’s report. Eight of these people died.

“Three of them worked on the industrial site of Salindres, but, according to discussions with the families, this does not seem to be the case for the other six”, specifies a communicator of the regional health agency Occitanie. “We want to remain cautious and verify all of this information, indicated to Figaro Public health France. Now, a

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