Study: Normal cancer levels at Pratt & Whitney

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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 9:01 PM

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Researchers say incidents of brain cancer at Connecticut-based jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney were the same as or lower than for the general population.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center released the second of three phases of their massive study on Thursday.

They found slightly higher rates of brain cancer at one facility of Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. in North Haven, Conn. But they say the difference wasn't statistically significant and doesn't appear linked to workplace factors.

Pratt commissioned the study in 2002 after complaints from families of workers who died from a form of brain cancer. The company says it is "reassured" by the latest findings, which are similar to those from the study's first phase.

The study is being overseen by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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