FLOWER MOUND -- A new study has found that rates for certain cancers were as expected in Flower Mound over the past decade, but breast cancer rates were higher than expected.
The Texas Department ofState Health Services conducted an analysis of the city's two zip codes after families reported their children being diagnosed with cancer.
Some suspected fracking in Flower Mound may be partly to blame because of the process, which can produce cancer-causing carcinogens like benzene.
Despite the beliefs, the study found leukemia, brain and liver cancer in children rates were as expected, as well as rates for male breast cancer and leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in adults.
'I'm a little surprised,' said Catherine Ball, who lived in Flower Mound for most of her childhood and is still fighting leukemia.'It's hard to believe that there can't be some something, that there isn't something going on.'
The recent findings came after a University of Texas-Austin research raised concerns earlier this year about a previous study of a potential cancer cluster in the area. The previous study used a 99 percent threshold to identify a potential cancer pattern, instead of a 95 percent level.
The full 2014 report, which examined figures using both interval levels, can be viewedhere.
The 2014 study did find female breast cancer rates were higher than expected from 2002 to 2011 in Flower Mound. A previous study had already brought that to light, so much of the current interest was in the other findings.
Flower Mound released the following statement about the study:
'After receiving the Texas Department of State Health Services 'Updated Summer Report: Occurrence of Cancer' conducted in Flower Mound, the Town remains steadfast in its dedication to continue its stringent air quality tests and monitoring throughout the Town. According to the State, results in the 2014 update are consistent with prior investigations. Flower Mound continues to be a leader in air quality monitoring as well as municipal oil and gas drilling regulations. Other communities, including the City of Dallas, followed the Town's lead by passing similar drilling ordinances with the common goal of protecting public health.'
Read the full statement here.