It makes sense that the debris and fumes from the September 11, 2001 horror at the World Trade Center would cause cancer. Other things we ingest due. In fact in June, 2012 the federal government added cancer to the list of sicknesses covered by the $4.3 billion World Trade Center fund. We are now hearing that 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. This information has been published in the New York Times.
Researchers looked at 55,700 people from 2003 to 2008, including rescue and recovery workers who were at the World Trade Center site, on barges or at the Staten Island landfill. That number also included residents of Lower Manhattan, students, workers and passers-by exposed on the day of the terrorist attacks.
Researchers looked at 23 cancers and found that there was no increase in the cancer rate of those studied compared with the rate of the general population. They did find three cancers that were significantly higher -multiple myeloma, prostate and thyroid cancers. These were concentrated in rescue and recovery workers only. These cases were not factored in because it was thought these respondors may have been screened more often than others and that it was too soon to see a link between their cancer and ground zero.
“In one of many counter-intuitive findings, the incidence of cancer was not higher among those who were exposed more intensely to the toxic substances than among those who were exposed less.” This is an informative article. Read it in its entirety here, which is the source of this quote and the article.
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