Steven D. Stellman, PhD, MPH, Director of Research, World Trade Center Health Registry, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
James Cone, MD, MPH, Medical Director, World Trade Center Health Registry, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, resulted in the release of known and suspected carcinogens into the environment. There is public concern that exposures may have resulted in increased cancers. This presentation will highlight a study evaluating cancer incidence among persons enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry.
1. Enumerate a number of potentially carcinogenic exposures and other environmental hazards released during and after the World Trade Center attacks.
2. Describe the association between certain exposures and subsequent risk of cancer and contrast findings obtained with internal vs. external reference populations.
3. Interpret reports of excess cancers of the prostate and thyroid and of multiple myeloma among rescue and recovery workers in terms of biological plausibility and potential population impact.
4. Critically evaluate reported measures of association in the World Trade Center Registry study and use this evaluation to formulate strategies for future studies.
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