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Study: Higher cancer rates for Hanford workers

RICHLAND, Wash. - A new study shows former construction workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation have an increased risk of certain cancers.

The study shows that Hanford workers were 11 times more likely to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs strongly tied to asbestos exposure, than in the general population. They were three times more likely to develop multiple myeloma, a cancer found in white blood cells.

The study was published in the September issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. It drew on data collected in the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program for Hanford and three other Department of Energy sites.

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