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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