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9/11 Responders May Be At Raised Myeloma Risk
Date:8/10/2009

eloma but it's not unheard of," said Dr. Denise Pereira, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "But a lot of the things they were exposed to, such as benzene, have in the past possibly been implicated with an increased incidence in the cancer. It does make theoretical sense."

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, more than 15,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with multiple myeloma. The disease affects blood cells called B-lymphocytes. While some myelomas are slow-moving and pose little immediate threat, others can be very aggressive.

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There's more on health effects associated with 9/11 at the World Trade Center Registry.



SOURCES: Jacqueline M. Moline, M.D., director, World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City; Mitchell R. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., director, Lymphoma Service, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; Denise Pereira, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; August 2009 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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