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Story Updated: Dec 20, 2012

The September 11th attack at New York's World Trade Center took the lives of more than 27-hundred people. More than a decade later, the lingering health effects of the rescue and cleanup are being monitored.

Workers on the site, and people living near it were exposed to dust, debris and fumes some of it contained known and suspected cancer-causing agents.

In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers looked at data from nearly 56-thousand New Yorkers enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry.

A total of 1,187 cancer cases were diagnosed among the enrollees through 2008.

While an overall increase in cancer was not found when compared to all New York state residents...researchers discovered an excess risk for 3 specific types of disease among rescue and recovery workers in 2007-2008

Only in the rescue recovery workers we found a significantly increased rate of three types of cancer, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer and a blood cancer called multiple myeloma.

Researchers say it is still not clear whether other factors contributed to these increases. They say longer follow-up is needed. I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of Healthday tv. With the news that can keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy and happy.

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