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Cancers Join List of Illnesses Linked to 9/11 Attacks

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Science  21 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6101, pp. 1447
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6101.1447

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Lung cancer, maybe, but will some New Yorkers develop breast cancer and childhood cancer from the toxic dust created by the 9/11 terrorist attacks? That's one question raised by the government's decision last week on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks to provide medical care to firefighters and others exposed to the dust who develop any of more than 50 cancers. Although some epidemiologists have criticized the decision, others say it reflects an acceptable approach to evaluating the scientific evidence.