The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the change effective April 17, saying new evidence suggests more people may have sustained breast cancer as a direct result of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls.
Breast cancer is among the cancers recently added to the list of World Trade Center-related health conditions established in the WTC Health Program regulation. However, only individuals who experienced nighttime sleep disruption as a result of response and cleanup activities involving shiftwork have been considered to have experienced exposure relevant for certification.
A recent publication by the International Agency for Research on Cancer says there is limited evidence that PCBs cause breast cancer in humans. The WTC program administrator has said PCBs were present in the dust to which workers were exposed after the collapse of the World Trade Center.
"Accordingly, the Program will now certify breast cancer in eligible WTC responders and survivors who were exposed to either shiftwork/nighttime sleep disruption or PCBs as a result of the 9/11 attacks," the DHHS statement said.
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May 28, 2013
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