Specifically focused on three types of cancer (prostate, thyroid, and multiple myeloma), this presentation provides background on the 3-wave survey methodology used to gather risk information. The type of exposure incurred on 9/11 is fairly well known and includes PAH, benzene, PCBs and asbestos. However, dosage information is unknown and latency periods for most cancers are long, complicating the conclusion of a link between exposure and subsequent cancer cases.
The webinar focuses mainly on methodology, results, strengths, and limitations. Key to the success of this project, though, is the fact that NYC DOHMH began surveillance within a year of the causal event. This type of forward thinking allowed a comprehensive approach to monitoring the health of people exposed to 9/11 contagions.
For more information, and to view the full set of slides and webinar recording, please visit the webinar page on the ISDS website.