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Study Finds No Clear Indication 9/11 Debris Causes Cancer

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the health of nearly 56,000 people.

The New York Times: No Clear Link Between Cancer And 9/11 Debris, Study Finds
Six months after the federal government added cancer to the list of sicknesses covered by the $4.3 billion World Trade Center fund, a New York City health department study has found no clear link between cancer and the dust, debris and fumes released by the burning wreckage of the twin towers. The study was by far the largest to date. It examined 55,700 people, including rescue and recovery workers who were present at the World Trade Center site, on barges or at the Staten Island landfill where debris was taken in the nine months after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as residents of Lower Manhattan, students, workers and passers-by exposed on the day of the terrorist attacks (Hartocollis, 12/18).

The Wall Street Journal: Cancer Link Unclear
A new study of nearly 56,000 people exposed to rubble and fumes from the World Trade Center site found increased rates of some cancers among recovery workers, but researchers established no link between their illness and the toxic debris (Nahmias, 12/18).

Medscape: Increase In Some Cancers Among 9/11 Rescue Workers
A study of rescue and recovery workers involved in the World Trade Center (WTC) atrocity in September 2011 has found small increases in rates of prostate and thyroid cancers and multiple myeloma beginning six years after 9/11. There were no increases in cancer overall (all sites combined), the researchers report in their study, which was published in the December 19 issue of JAMA. It is not clear how medical screening and non-WTC risk factors contributed to the increases in prostate and thyroid cancers and multiple myeloma, they note (Brooks, 12/18).

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