U.S. Institute of Medicine experts: “Coastal residents” face “higher risk of cancer” from crude oil; “Potential here is huge”

'“We analyzed some genotoxicity biomarkers that are early indicators of an increase in the risk of cancer and observed that their values were higher than those in the non-exposed control population,” said Laffon. “This does not mean that these people are going to develop cancer in several years, but that their risk is increased.” …

“Oil is a complex mixture containing substances like benzene, heavy metals, arsenic, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons — all known to cause human health problems such as cancer, birth defects or miscarriages,” said Kenneth Olden, founding dean of New York’s CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, who is monitoring a panel on possible delayed effects. “The potential here is huge and we have to be diligent about protecting the public health and these workers.”'


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