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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- The Dixie Regional Medical Center has been awarded a $313,000 federal grant to develop a cancer-screening program for people who lived downwind from the aboveground nuclear weapons testing in Nevada from 1951 through 1962.
Southwestern Utah was among areas downwind of the tests where radioactive fallout may have caused increased incidence of cancer decades later.
Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990 to provide for payments to people who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases possibly as a result of their exposure to the fallout. The grant to the hospital stems from an expansion to the compensation program in 2000.
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