‘Cancer cluster’ probe at St Andrews Lutheran College on the Gold Coast after fourth case in past decade

A fourth cancer case among students at a Gold Coast school has sparked investigations into the possible existence of a “cluster”.

Principal David Bliss has written to parents of St Andrews Lutheran College in Tallebudgera after a student was diagnosed with the disease last year.

It followed diagnoses of two students in 2017, and another at an undisclosed date, all of whom have now finished school.

“In recent months, some discussion has circulated in our community regarding a ‘cancer cluster’,” Bliss wrote in the letter, seen by

“In the past ten years, four students have been known to have cancer while they were students at the school.

“In 2017, with two active cases in students at that time, the College proactively contacted the Gold Coast Public Health Unit (PHU) with a request to investigate these cases.”

File image of St Andrews Lutheran College in Tallebudgera. Credit: Facebook

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