Recent web reports from search Google for banks amin florida cancer Dr. David Banks is a professor in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University.  Dr. Raid Amin is a distinguished statistics professor at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

On June 4 Counterpunch reported on their research, indicating Cancer Clusters in South Florida.  The Counterpunch article was written by Alan Farago, who is president of Friends of the Everglades .

The Counterpunch article claimes that Florida health officials have attempted to dismiss Dr. Raid’s findings.  We have contacted POP member Dr. Ray Bellamy, an epidemiologist at FSU, to determine what non-political grounds Florida health officials might have had for this dismissal.  In the meantime,  here are some other recent web reports in response to the above search.  There appears to have been little take-up . . .

1.  WUWF (Pensacola) reported that

University of West Florida researcher Dr. Raid Amin is getting more scientific support for his work in identifying pediatric cancer clusters in Florida. A newly published article chronicles recent findings that show higher-than-expected childhood cancers in the Miami area. The article appeared in the on-line journal “Statistics and Public Policy,” which is a project of the American Statistical Association.

This is not technically correct.  Per the map below, the at-risk area is not so much Miami as Southwest Florida.


The most obvious sources of carcinogenic environmental pollution are:

a)  Pesticidal, herbicidal, and artificial agricultural runoff from sugar and other plantations in the sheet flow of Lake Okeechobee.

b) Oil well waste and wastewater disposal from the Sunniland Trend.

c) Air pollution borne westward from the Miami metropolitan area on the prevailing easterly Trade Winds.

2.  The Counterpunch report is (apparently) republished by the National Institute of Statistical Sciences on Facebook.

See also Cancer Clusters in Florida, Part I