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    Study Finds 9/11 Responders Have Higher Risk of Blood Cancer-Associated Mutations

    By Michael Barasch

    A recent study found that first responders who were deployed at the World Trade Center site on and after 9/11 have a higher rate of developing “clonal hematopoiesis” – blood cell mutations that increase the risk of blood cancer.These mutations often occur as a result of exposure to toxins, for example from smoking tobacco, or […]

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    Barasch & McGarry Remembers Blood Cancer Awareness Month

    By Michael Barasch

    September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, focusing attention on two types of cancer that impact the 9/11 community, leukemia and lymphoma. Leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow, while lymphomas mainly affect the lymph nodes. In 2021, an estimated 61,090 new cases of all types of leukemia and 90,390 new cases of all types of […]

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  • 9/11 Injuries

    9/11 Responders Have Higher Rates of Leukemia, Study Suggests

    By Michael Barasch

    For several years, the news has been filled with stories about medical problems linked to breathing the contaminated air around the World Trade Center site following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The reauthorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has put the spotlight on heroes who died prematurely due to respiratory illness, prostate cancer and […]

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  • Nearly 20 Years Later, Cancer Rates Higher in 9/11 First Responders

    9/11 Injuries

    Nearly 20 Years Later, Cancer Rates Higher in 9/11 First Responders

    By Michael Barasch

    Less than two years before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, scientists and healthcare providers still have many lingering questions about the effects on those who reported to the scene and participated in the months-long recovery effort. Higher cancer rates have been reported among the first responders who served […]

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