The findings of a recent study have put Kooragang coal workers at higher risks of suffering from cancer. "An increased risk of cancer, beyond what is expected by chance, was observed among the employees at the Kooragang terminal”, the report said.
The suspected group includes both past as well as present employees of Port Waratah Coal Services' Kooragang Island terminal in the Hunter.
In their findings, the experts have put the workers at two to three times higher risks of getting affected from cancer as compared to the NSW and Australian populations or their colleagues who are working at other areas like Carrington in Newcastle.
Researchers from the University of Newcastle studied the health reports of 859 total workers over a period of 23 years. They found the workers to be at higher risks of suffering melanoma, prostate and bowel cancers.
The Newcastle Herald report also contained the comments of Consultant occupational and environmental physician Mr. Ian Gardner in its issue. He cleared in his statement all such announcements to be rumors. He said that no such cancers have been found to have any severe links due to the occupational or environmental exposures. The public health authorities have urged further investigation into the case to make things clearer.
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