CBSNews.com: Dr. Juan Wisnivesky Weighs In: “Controversial Study Shows Higher Cancer Risk In 9-11 Firefighters”

New York, NY
 – September 2, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City killed almost 3,000 people, but what about New Yorkers who were in the area at the time but survived? New studies show they face heightened risk for asthma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and cancer - but not all health experts agree the attacks are to blame for survivors' health problems. The study - published in the September 1 issue of The Lancet - Mount Sinai researchers evaluated more than 27,000 police officers, firefighters, construction workers, and office workers who were in or around ground zero over the nine years following 9/11. The researchers found more than one in five responders had multiple physical or mental health illnesses. "This is the first long-term study to demonstrate the lasting burden of disease experienced by the brave men and women who responded in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center," study author Dr. Juan Wisnivesky, vice-chair for research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, said. Learn more