PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Update: 9/13/2017 5:20 P.M.
People who have-and have not-been screened as part of the C8 Medical Monitoring Program are invited to a series of meetings throughout the area in October.
The monitoring program is asking people who were screened three years ago or longer to get a follow-up screening.
But those who have not yet signed up for the monitoring are being asked to do so.
The C8 Science Panel found probable links between the chemical and six diseases: pregnancy-induced hypertension (including preeclampsia), kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and •high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia).
"Anyone who lives in one of the six affected water districts is eligible, and should have the testing," says C8 lawsuit Attorney Harry Deitzler. "Because if you detect the disease early, it's much more likely to be successfully treated."
The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:
October 9, 2017
Riverside Golf Club
1661 Adamsville Road
Mason, WV 25260
Coolville Volunteer Fire Department
2826 Sixth Street
Coolville, OH 45723
Belpre High School (Gymnasium)
612 3rd Street
Belpre, OH 45714
October 10, 2017
Blennerhassett Hotel (Ballroom)
320 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Meigs County District Public Library
216 W Main Street
Pomeroy, OH 45769
Historic Lowe Hotel
401 Main Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
If you’d like to attend an informational meeting, please send an email to:
Or call 1-888-499-2553 Monday through Friday between 9:00am-9:00pm Eastern Time to let the Medical Monitoring program know which meeting you would like to attend.
After an independent science panel determined the effects of C8, a medical monitoring process was opened to the public.
To date, only 5,000 of the 90,000 eligible to take part in that program have done so.
The attorney appointed to conduct that program says there could be a number of reasons for that low participation rate.
But he adds the low number itself is not unusual.
"I was hoping that what we would find is a population that knew it was exposed, and was worried, and therefore eager to avail themselves of the program," Michael Rozen says. "They have not done that."
Rozen says a panel will begin its review in September on the conditions of the people who have taken part in the program.
But the opportunity to participate will not end at that time.
Rozen believes once the panel releases its findings, more people will be encouraged to take part.
You can find out more about the medical monitoring program by going to our "Hot Button".