IN THE JOURNALS PLUS World Trade Center responders may face increased cancer burden, elevated myeloma risk


April 26, 2018

C. Ola Landgren, MD, PhD

C. Ola Landgren

Rescue and recovery workers who responded to the World Trade Center site after 9/11 will experience a greater cancer burden over the next 20 years than a demographically similar population, according to research published in JAMA Oncology.

The study projected incidence of prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and melanoma among New York City Fire Department (FDNY) employees who worked at the World Trade Center site will exceed typical rates in the city.

Firefighters exposed to the disaster site already have demonstrated elevated incidence of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) — a precursor to multiple myeloma — and may be at risk for developing myeloma at an earlier age, a second study showed.

HemOnc Today spoke with researchers involved with both studies to get more insights about their findings and their potential implications.

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