There is an elevated cancer risk in World Trade Center (WTC) - exposed firefighters compared with the general population, suggests a previous research.
However, researchers found no overall increase in cancer risk among World Trade Center (WTC) - exposed firefighters following the 9/11 attacks compared with other firefighters from several United States cities.
‘There is no overall increase in cancer risk among World Trade Center (WTC) - exposed firefighters following the 9/11 attacks compared with other firefighters.’
They noted a nearly 4-fold increase in the rate in thyroid cancer, but this increased risk was not significant after controlling for possible biases related to cancer screening. (WTC-exposed firefighters have access to health care and routine health monitoring exams even after retirement.)
The investigators also found a 1.4-fold increase in the rate in prostate cancer in 2005 to 2009 among WTC-exposed firefighters compared with other urban firefighters.
The study is published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine