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Dr. Philip Landrigan Weighs In: “Study Suggests Higher Cancer Risk for 9-11 Firefighters”

  • The New York Times
  • New York, NY
  • (September 02, 2011)

A new study from The Lancet says firefighters who toiled in the wreckage of the World Trade Center in 2001 were 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than those who were not there, the strongest evidence to date of a possible link between work at ground zero and cancer. The Lancet also published other reports related to the September 11 attacks, including one by researchers at The Mount Sinai Medical Center showing the persistence of respiratory, gastrointestinal and mental illness among rescue and recovery workers. Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, head of a September 11 treatment, monitoring and research program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and the principal investigator of the Mount Sinai report, said he had no doubt that time would reveal a connection between certain cancers and exposure to the trade center site. "We know full well that the responders were exposed to a whole soup of carcinogens," he said. "We’re all looking for a signal today, but we’re all anticipating that the signal will get stronger in the years ahead." Learn more