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June 2018

Some Thoughts on Exposure to the World Trade Center Wreckage and Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Department of Hematology and Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(6):775-776. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.0498

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, are still unsettling nearly 17 years later. Time has not healed the pain. In addition to those killed, a number of people were harmed, some irreparably— in particular, the New York Rescue/Recovery workers who were at the World Trade Center (WTC) that day and who worked on the wreckage for months. They were exposed to numerous chemicals, many known to be carcinogens and toxins. These men and women are to be respected for the difficult work they did. They should also be compensated for all the injuries associated with their service and given the best care possible.

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