The concern of families is growing after the discovery of a new case of cancer in a 4-year-old child in Loire-Atlantique. The collective “Stop the cancers of our children”, formed around Sainte-Pazanne, on Wednesday September 16, launched an appeal to the Head of State. “We call on President Emmanuel Macron to protect the health of our children”, said Marie Thibaud, founder of the collective, at a press conference in Saint-Hilaire-de-Chaléons, near Saint-Pazanne, about thirty kilometers south-west of Nantes.
“Children continue to fall ill, things have to move”, continued Mme Thibaud, adding that the collective learned last month that a 4-year-old boy, living in Machecoul, in the same area, had leukemia. According to the collective, with this new case, twenty-two children have been affected by cancer in Sainte-Pazanne and its surroundings since 2015 and, among them, five have died. The regional health agency (ARS) for its part counted eleven cases in this sector between 2015 and March 2019, an incidence twice the national average.
“This difference can be explained by the age and geographic area used”, says Marie Thibaud, mother of a little boy in remission, who was the first to alert the authorities to this multiplication of cases in this area. “Not six months go by without a child declaring cancer around us”, she insisted, also evoking three relapses among children affected by these cancers.
“We cannot afford to add risk to risk”
Formed in March 2019, the parents’ collective obtained the launch of an epidemiological investigation by Public Health France and several other investigations carried out by the ARS. But these investigations did not reveal any “Common cause” to these diseases. The ARS is organizing another meeting of the follow-up committee on Tuesday, the institution said.
On this occasion, the collective wishes in particular to obtain a map of pediatric cancers that have occurred in the department, municipality by municipality, since 2005. “We ask for this information but we are not given it”, denounced Mme Thibaud. The collective is also opposed to the installation of seven wind turbines in a neighboring municipality, arguing that there is already” around twenty “ of them in the area. According to the collective, the first wind turbines were put into service shortly before 2015, the year in which these first cases of pediatric cancer occurred. “We cannot afford to add risk to risk”, added Mme Thibaud.