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U.S. News and World Report Covers Judith Graber's Research on Increased Risk of Head and Neck Cancers in 9/11 First Responders

By Robert Fredt, HealthDay Reporter @ US News

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Head and neck cancers among a group of first responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks are significantly higher than expected, a new study says.

Rutgers University researchers found that diagnoses of these cancers increased 40 percent in a group of WTC workers and volunteers over a four-year period.

The findings suggest there are emerging health risks among those first responders that require ongoing monitoring and treatment, according to the study.

“This excess occurrence in head and neck cancers is plausible since first responders inhaled debris clouds containing many known carcinogens,” said study author Judith Graber. She’s an associate professor in Rutger’s School of Public Health and a researcher in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

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