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"Prostate Cancer Higher in 9/11 Responders: A Look at Why" - Roxanne Nelson, RN, BSN

  • Medscape
  • New York, NY
  • (June 25, 2019)

The higher incidence of prostate cancers in responders to the attacks in New York City that occurred on September 11, 2001, may be related to responders' exposure to the dust generated from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. This dust may have caused changes in inflammatory and immune regulatory mechanisms in prostate tissue, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Prostate cancer is one of the cancers that is significantly higher in first responders, and we wanted to understand why," said study author Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, professor of population health science and policy and thoracic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She added, “"For the first time, we think we have discovered the underlying mechanism."

— 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 

— 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

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