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Dr John O'Connor

Dr John O'Connor

Dr John O'connor has spent years working in First Nation communities downstream of the tar sands industry. He started to find unusual rates of rare cancers amongst the locals. One cancer in particular, Cholangio carcinoma (bile duct cancer) normally affects 1 in 100,000 people. John found 6 cases in Fort Chipewyan a community of 1200 people. When Dr O'Connor raised his concerns and a possible link to the tar sands industry, he expected the government to launch a community wide health survey. The
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