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"New Study Links Toxic Sept. 11 Dust to Prostate Cancer" - Melanie Grayce West

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • New York, NY
  • (June 20, 2019)

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that World Trade Center responders with prostate cancer showed signs that inflammation was activated in the prostate after exposure to the toxic dust. Published in the journal Molecular Cancer Research, results indicated there was an increase in an inflammatory T-cell called Th 17 in the group exposed to the toxic dust. “Exposure to these toxins may have increased this inflammatory cascade within the prostate that may have contributed to the risk of developing more aggressive prostate cancer,” said co-author William Oh, MD, professor of medicine, hematology, urology, and medical oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Oh said he has seen younger men who, after Sept. 11, complained of urinary symptoms for several years. Some subsequently developed more aggressive prostate cancer even younger.

— William K. Oh, MD, Professor, Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Urology, Associate Director, Clinical Research, Tisch Cancer Institute, Chief, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

— Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, Professor, Population Health Science and Policy, Thoracic Surgery, Director, Institute for Translational Epidemiology, Director, Center for the Study of Thoracic Diseases Outcomes, Director, Social Epidemiology, Associate Director, Population Science, The Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

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