Tuzkoy, Turkey
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Inside Turkey's 'cancer village'

The community of Tuzkoy in Turkey's central Cappadocia region has been afflicted by a particular epidemic for generations.

Twenty-three years ago a doctor discovered unusually high levels of mesothelioma in the area, a type of lung cancer normally associated with asbestos - leading to the village being dubbed "cancer city".

Explicit advice was given to the villagers to move, some five years ago - but it's a process that has been happening slowly.

Now authorities in central Cappadocia region have come up with a drastic plan to stop the epidemic - raze and bury the entire settlement.

The BBC's Jonathan Head visited the area to find out more.

  • 09 Nov 2010
  • From the section Europe