wilms tumor http://michiganradio.org en Investigating rare childhood cancer cluster in Michigan (Part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/investigating-rare-childhood-cancer-cluster-michigan-part-3 <p>This week, we&rsquo;re bringing you a series of stories on cancer and the environment.</p><p>Today, in the third part of our series, we&rsquo;re going to St. Clair County.</p><p>The state of Michigan has <a href="http://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/health/WilmsTumor.aspx">confirmed a cancer cluster</a> in the county. Since 2007, eight young children &ndash; and a possible ninth &ndash; have been diagnosed with a rare kidney cancer called Wilms tumor.&nbsp; According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 550 children a year are diagnosed with Wilms tumor nationally.</p><p>Health officials ran a statistical analysis and found there are more cases of Wilms tumor in kids in the county than you&rsquo;d expect to find.</p><p>Danielle Williams&rsquo; (<em>no relation to Rebecca Williams</em>) daughter Erika was the first to be diagnosed. She was seven years old.</p><p>&ldquo;My daughter was playing soccer and she came home that night and we noticed she had a protruding lump on the side of her belly, and to the touch it was hot.&rdquo;</p><p>An ultrasound revealed what looked like a six inch mass in Erika&rsquo;s kidney. Erika had surgery to remove her left kidney ... and that&rsquo;s when the doctors discovered the tumor was the size of a football.</p><p>&ldquo;In the hospital, she quit... she didn&rsquo;t speak. She didn&rsquo;t really know what was going on but she knew it was serious. Because they&rsquo;re so little they don&rsquo;t know the serious(ness) of it, but her seeing me so broken, she just sat there in silence all the time and didn&rsquo;t talk.&rdquo;</p><p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 6530 at http://michiganradio.org Investigating rare childhood cancer cluster in Michigan (Part 3)