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September 11: Ten years after the first cancer …

Firefighters who worked on the ruins of the World Trade Center currently stands a cancer risk significantly higher than their counterparts who were not called to the scene. This is reflected in the largest study conducted with New York firefighters after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The results of this study, conducted among 10 000 rescuers were eagerly awaited by hundreds of families of patients. It must indeed know that without conclusive studies, cancers are not part of the list of diseases covered by the law Zadroga, voted late 2010 to provide health coverage to victims of the attacks.

Published in the Lancet, the work in question was led by Dr. David Prezant. In addition to his activities as professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, it is also the medical director of City firefighters. Published in the Lancet, the work in question was led by Dr. David Prezant. In addition to his activities as professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, it is also the medical director of City firefighters. He and his team have analyzed the medical records of 9853 rescue workers. He compared the incidence of cancer among workers exposed to toxic ground zero with that of two other populations: non-exposed firefighters and a sample of the general population.

Results: 263 firefighters who had worked on the ruins of the World Trade Center have developed a cancer within 7 years after the attacks. This figure is higher by 19% than that observed among non-exposed firefighters. And 10% compared to the general population! David Prezant, the difference could come from the physical activity levels higher and a lower incidence of smoking among professional firefighters.

Beyond these figures, this study does not allow to establish clear links between exposure to toxic Ground Zero and the specific risk of any cancer. These results alone will probably not persuade the authorities to include cancers from the list of diseases covered by the law Zadroga. “They are not definitive,” concludes David Peznatwho continues more than ever his work or should we say his fight…

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