A newly completed study from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found a concrete link between debris in the air at the World Trade Center site on 9/11 and cancer. First responders on the scene following the attacks have suffered various forms of cancer including thyroid, prostate and blood cancer.
The study reviewed health records of 56,000 volunteers who agreed to have their health monitored for possible changes following exposure to the World Trade Center site. The records dated back to 2008 and they found that though there were spikes in cancer incidents for first responders, it's unclear what caused the spikes.
"[This] won't settle the question because it's still too early," said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City's health commissioner. "People are very, very interested in this topic and we thought it was important to get the data out that we have even though it is early."
by RTT Staff Writer
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