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July 28th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Further research needed to draw conclusive connection between cancer and Ground Zero

Outrage was sparked Tuesday in response to a federal report that concluded that there is not enough evidence yet to say whether the dust and smoke cloud produced by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center caused cancer.

Yesterday, Kiran Chetry spoke with John Feal, a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero who founded the FealGood Foundation to help 9/11 first responders, who called the study a "slap in the face."

This morning, Dr. Jacqueline Moline from the North Shore-LIJ Health System, joins American Morning to discuss the findings and to comment on her own study, which is the only one to date that has suggested a link between cancer and 9/11 responders.

Despite the fact that Dr. Moline believes there is a connection between cancer and exposure to Ground Zero, she stresses that it will take time and further research before the connection can be conclusively drawn scientifically.

Filed under: 9/11 responders • Health
July 27th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Report: Not enough evidence to link 9/11 to cancer

Under the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program must periodically review whether cancer can be linked to the 9/11 attacks or cleanup.

The first of these reports, issued yesterday, shows that there is currently not enough evidence to prove that the instances of cancer found in 9/11 responders is directly related to the dusk and smoke created in the attacks.

This discovery is a disappointment rescue and recovery workers and people who lived near the World Trade Center who have cancer diagnoses that they attribute to the attack, as it may mean that they will not be covered under the Zadroga bill, which was passed in late 2010.

John Feal, founder of the Feel Good Foundation and a 9/11 first responder himself, talks with Kiran Chetry this morning about this new research and the the effect its had on 9/11 first responders.

Filed under: 9/11 responders • Health