Former Hanford construction workers face higher risk of some cancers, study says

Former Hanford construction workers have an increased risk of death from a blood cancer linked to radiation and another cancer linked to asbestos, according to a new study.

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

"While several studies have investigated mortality risks among (Department of Energy) production workers, little data exist concerning mortality among construction and trade workers," the study said.

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