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

Health Data Gaps, BP Suspicions Worry U.S. Panelists, Bloomberg, June 22, 2010:

Children are among the most-vulnerable population after the spill workers, said Irwin Redlener, a member of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and director of Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. ... Redlener said children are more susceptible to inhalation problems associated with a spill, absorption through the skin and ingestion, given that many put things in their mouths and fail to follow public health guidelines. ...

At the 2002 Prestige Oil spill off the Galician Coast... The research found biomarkers that indicate these workers, coastal residents and fishermen faced a higher risk of cancer than the rest of the population, Laffon said in an e-mail before her panel appearance.

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