A Washington state investigation has found no increased risk of cancer among soccer players in the state. In fact, investigators found less cancer among the soccer players than expected based on rates of cance among Washington residents of the same ages.
The investigation was launched after the University of Washington Women’s Associate Head Soccer Coach Amy Griffin became concerned that several soccer goalies had developed blood cancers at around the same time. By 2014, the coach had compiled a list of soccer players with cancer.
The initial list included 30 current or former Washington residents who played soccer and developed a variety of cancer types between the mid-1990s and 2015. By 2016, this number had grown to 53 people.
In light of this, Washington State Department of Health and researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health formed a project team to investigate issues related to soccer playing and cancer.
One concern was that recycled rubber products, which is made from tires and other rubber products, and artificial turf might contain chemicals that affect health, including increasing the risk of cancer.