Retired Detective Says 'Toxic Stress' May Have Contributed to His Cancer

December 16, 2014 11:05 AM

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Retired Detective Says 'Toxic Stress' May Have Contributed to His Cancer

When 54-year old Benny Andujar went in for a routine checkup shortly after retiring from the New York City police force a few years ago, doctors found abnormalities in the cells close to his stomach, a condition called Barrett’s esophagus. Several months later he was diagnosed with cancer.

Andujar said he didn’t realize how much of a toll all the years he’d spent investigating some of city’s most notorious gangs and drug cartels had taken on his body. But he’s convinced all the pressure he was under for so long contributed to his illness.

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