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April 3, 2013

Exposure on September 11, 2001, and Cancer Risk

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Private research consultant, Santa Barbara, California (

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1344-1345. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2240

To the Editor: In their study, Dr Li and colleagues1 found an excess incidence of prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, and multiple myeloma in the rescue/recovery workers who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. However, they cautioned against drawing firm conclusions from this report based on the shortness of the follow-up period, small numbers, and multiple comparisons.

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