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NIOSH: Not enough evidence to link cancer to 9/11

August 3, 2011

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Washington – A new report from NIOSH found “insufficient evidence” linking cancer to the list of health conditions related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Published July 26, NIOSH’s review (.pdf file) of scientific and medical literature determined little evidence exists supporting a link between cancer and exposure to the toxic dust at the World Trade Center site. That means cancer will not be included on the list of diseases covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847), which took effect in July.

Although the review did not find sufficient evidence at this time, NIOSH said the lack of evidence does not rule out a causal relationship between the exposure and cancer.

NIOSH is expected to conduct another review in early to mid-2012.

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