Myeloma Research News 5/7/18: Report Finds 9/11 Firefighters at More Risk of Multiple Myeloma

9/11 Firefighters at Greater Risk of Multiple Myeloma Precursor, Study Reports

9/11 Firefighters at Greater Risk of Multiple Myeloma Precursor, Study Reports

New York City firefighters exposed to the 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) disaster are at greater risk for developing a condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), which may lead to multiple myeloma, a study suggests.

The study, “Multiple Myeloma and Its Precursor Disease Among Firefighters Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster,” appeared in the journal JAMA Oncology.

Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) firefighters and other 9/11 first responders were exposed to unprecedented levels of compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos, and other potential carcinogens. They were also exposed to significant levels of diesel smoke from the heavy machinery used in the 10-month rescue and recovery effort.

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