Four teachers at a school built on a toxic landfill dump have developed the same rare form of bladder cancer .
Water at Buchanan High School in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire in Scotland, was found to have turned blue sparking fears that it was dangerous to drink, the Daily Record reported .
Three of the four teachers with the rare form of bladder cancer are believed to have worked in the same corridor at the school where pupils and staff were warned not to drink the tap water.
Bladder cancer accounts for just 3 percent of all new cancer cases, and is most common in those aged 85 to 89
Public health expert Professor Andrew Watterson, of Stirling University , said that he was aware of the cancer cluster.
He told the Daily Record: “The reported ill health cases do merit serious investigation and it is understandable staff and pupils are anxious.
“This seems a very big cluster very close together in the building for a very small population of teachers
“Establishing if a cluster is causal or random is, however, notoriously difficult.”
Teachers at Buchanan and St Ambrose High School – which is on the same campus – reportedly feared their health has been affected by the dangerous water.
Staff were given gag orders and threatened with termination after raising concerns that went back three years.
The council only ordered tests and imposed a drinking ban late last year.
The campus was built in 2012 on a former landfill previously used for hazardous waste materials including arsenic, nickel and lead…Continue Reading