Population-based Analyses of Health Risks Associated with Residence in Montana Past & Present Mining Communities
Results of two sequential NIEHS Superfund studies about metal exposures and neurodevelopmental outcomes will be summa-rized, as they pertain to the metal exposures in Montana. These studies developed improved methods for cluster identifi-cation of outcomes, identification of threshold levels of expo-sure, and a process for physiologically based extractions to as-sess bioavailability of metals. Two studies will be presented about the health effects of residence in Silver Bow (SB) and Deer Lodge (DL) counties, due to their proximity to Superfund cleanup and active mining. The first project used population-based mortality data between 2000 and 2016, and it suggests remediation is modestly effective with elevated mortality that has been decreasing over time. The second project compared the incidence of cancer in these counties to the rest of the state in 2001-2015. The cancer types had previously been shown to be associated with the metals present in DL and SB. The analysis indicates increased risk for liver, colorectal, and brain cancer, when stage was not considered.
McDermott, Suzanne, "Population-based Analyses of Health Risks Associated with Residence in Montana Past & Present Mining Communities" (2018). Public Lecture Series. 132.