(noun) A greater-than-expected level of cancer cases in a group of people within a defined geographic area over a period of time.
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- Plural: cancer clusters
- A cancer cluster can be found by statistically studying cancer rates among a given population.
- Geographical analysis machines (GAM) have been helpful in discovering cancer clusters.
- Cancer clusters are studied in epidemiology, human geography, medical geography, and medical sociology.
- Word origin of “cancer” and “cluster” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- About Cancer Clusters – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- Selected Publications on Cancer Clusters and Investigations – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- What is a Cancer Cluster? – American Cancer Society: cancer.org
- What is a Cancer Cluster? – National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health: cancer.gov
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cancer cluster.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 19, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/cancer-cluster/).
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cancer cluster. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/cancer-cluster/
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“cancer cluster.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/cancer-cluster/>.