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"Prostate Cancer in 9/11 Responders: Study Explores Mechanism of Action" - Louise Gagnon

  • Urology Times
  • New York, NY
  • (July 01, 2019)

According to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai exposure to dust from the World Trade Center attack has resulted in an inflammatory cascade that led to the development of high-grade prostate cancer in first responders. “We know from first responders and volunteers on 9/11 who were exposed to a toxic mixture of dust, that many years later, prostate cancer is one of the cancers that has shown up in increased incidence compared to age-matched, expected rates of cancer, thyroid cancer being the other cancer with clear, increased risk,” said William Oh, MD, professor of medicine, hematology, urology, and medical oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He added that immunotherapy may represent one possible treatment.

— 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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