Thursday, July 28, 2011

US Report Says Scant Evidence to Link 9/11 to Cancer

The New York Times reported in the attached article (click on the link) that there is not enough evidence yet to say whether the dust and smoke cloud produced by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center caused cancer, federal officials concluded in a report released on Tuesday of this week. The report, released by Dr. John Howard, the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said that there was little evidence to go on, as there have been only 18 published studies on the attacks that even mentioned cancer, and only 5 of those were peer reviewed. The results of the peer reviewed studies were mixed. The report was required by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which took effect on January 2, 2011. The Act provides $4.3 billion over the next five years to monitor, treat and compensate those who were exposed to the fumes and dust. Special Master Sheila Birnbaum will specifically discuss the Zadroga Act and with Ken Feinberg and Judge Alvin Hellerstein discuss the compensation of victims of September 11, 2001, on September 8, 2011 at 12 noon-1:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. Please click here to register for this program and join us in this discussion. Thank you.

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