No link between Ground Zero exposure and cancer, study says


Six months after the US government added cancer to the list of sicknesses covered by the $4.3 billion World Trade Center fund, a New York City health department study has found no clear link between cancer and the dust, debris and fumes released by the burning twin towers.

The study was the largest to date: it examined 55,700 people, including rescue and recovery workers at the World Trade Center site, on barges or at the Staten Island landfill where debris was taken, in the nine months after September 11th, 2001, as well as Lower Manhattan residents, students, workers and passersby exposed on the day of the attacks. Over all, there was no increase in the cancer rate of those studied compared with the rate of the general population. – (New York Times)