News in Brief: March 2020

Issue 03 and Volume 173.

Mt. Sinai Health System: More WTC responder health risks Responders who worked at the World Trade Center (WTC) site after the attacks on September 11, 2001, have an increased overall cancer incidence compared to the general population, particularly in thyroid cancer; prostate cancer; and, for the first time ever reported, leukemia, according to Marlene Naanes, assistant media director, Mount Sinai Health System (MHS), whose study was published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum in January 2020. This study examined cancer incidence in responders including law enforcement, construction, and telecommunications workers and found an increased overall cancer incidence, with the greatest elevation in thyroid cancer. According to the MHS, this is the first time an increase in leukemia was revealed. Leukemia, the FHS release explains, “is known to occur after exposure to occupational carcinogens, including benzene fuel and other sources that existed at the World Trade Center site, in some cases at low…

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