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"World Trade Center 9/11 Dust: Altered Gene Expression Links Exposure to Prostate Cancer Risk"

  • Medical Research
  • New York, NY
  • (June 20, 2019)

Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, professor of population health science and policy and thoracic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai discusses results of her recent study, co-authored with William Oh, MD, professor of medicine, hematology, urology, and medical oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. According to Dr. Taioli, “The results suggest that respiratory exposure to WTC dust can induce inflammatory and immune responses in prostate tissue. Chronic inflammation could facilitate prostate cancer development.” She added, “Taken together, our results suggest that World Trade Center prostate cancer cases have a distinct gene expression pattern that may be the result of exposure to specific carcinogens during the WTC attacks.”

— 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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