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Investigation Underway Following Cancer Scare In Victoria

The State's Chief Health Officer will be analysing data after fears of a cancer scare in Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula.

The State Government has come under pressure to act after a legal firm revealed they had been contacted by several families with young people that have either died or fallen sick from cancer.

All of these people were students at Bellarine Secondary College's Drysdale campus, which is on a property which was originally used for farming, where the now banned pesticide dieldrin was used.

The Geelong Advertiser has been told that up to 20 former students and teachers have been diagnosed with cancer, and claims that 14 have died from the disease.

The Government has come forward saying that detailed tests across a number of sites in the area did not find any evidence of public health risk.

Testing of the land before construction of the school also deemed the land suitable.

Local MP Lisa Neville has ordered the the State's Chief Health Officer's analysis to help fears from local residents.

“Following some media ­reports in recent weeks, I have been contacted by a number of local residents who raised concerns about public health across the Bellarine,” she said.

“There has already been significant work done to ­ensure there are no issues across the Bellarine, however this further analysis will give the community the assurance they deserve.”

Ms Neville has said that a final report with findings will soon be released to the public.

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