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Study questions Ground Zero disease rates

The report says the cancer rate between the general public and Ground Zero responders is essentially the same. (12/19/12)

BABYLON - The overall cancer rate between the general public and responders who were exposed to toxic dust at the World Trade Center site is essentially equal, according to a new report.

The study, led by the New York City Department of Health, examined cancers diagnosed through 2008.

However, several 9/11 activists based on Long Island say the statistics disregard definite links to Ground Zero. "From 2008 to 2012, those four years, the cancers have grown immensely and it just doesn't show the magnitude," says John Feal, of the FealGood Foundation.

City health officials say the report is premature and that they will follow up by monitoring 9/11 cancer patients.
 

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