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World Trade Center-Exposed Firefighters Do Not Have an Elevated Cancer Risk

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on September 13, 2016 at 10:55 AM
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 World Trade Center-Exposed Firefighters Do Not Have an Elevated Cancer Risk

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.

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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.

Source: Eurekalert
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