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A great many of Matthew Capalby’s friends, relatives and Kingman’s neighbors got cancer. By the time he turned 30, he knew it was inevitable.

Beginning in the 1950s, Kingman’s population was depleted by a cancer deemed too common to be called “random.”

One family he knew in Kingman lost 19 people to various types of cancer before he turned 50. Another friend had four unrelated cancers and died at the fifth.

“It just goes on,” he said.

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Kingman is located in northwest Arizona just under 250 miles from Mercury, Nevada. It is an agreed fact that this is why many communities in northwestern Arizona and the region as a whole still suffer today.


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