dust from 9/11 attack has given almost 10,000 New Yorkers cancer
federal World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795 first
responders and other New Yorkers with cancer deemed 9/11-related
Susan Edelman for New York Post
10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke
resulting from 9/11.
the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks a month
away, the federal World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795
first responders and other New Yorkers with cancer deemed
all, more than 1,700 responders and others affected have died,
including 420 of those stricken with cancer, officials said.
is still killing,” said John Feal, an advocate for WTC responders.
this fragile community of heroes and survivors is shrinking by the
number of cancer patients has rapidly risen since the federal program
started tracking the disease in 2013.
get these referrals 15 to 20 times a week,” said Dr. Michael Crane,
medical director of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.
have various latency periods, typically emerging years after exposure
to harmful substances.
first responders die and thousands battle crippling illness after
being poisoned by toxic fumes from 9/11 terror attacks
addition, the average age of Ground Zero workers and others affected
has risen from 38 to 55. Some are in their 70s.
have confirmed that 9/11 rescue and recovery workers have
significantly higher rates of thyroid cancer and skin melanoma, which
is potentially fatal, than found in the general population, and face a
higher risk of bladder cancer.
have had significantly higher rates of breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s
cancers raising red flags include leukemia, Crane said.
the first plane struck, NYPD Sgt Tom Wilson raced from the 90th
Precinct in Williamsburg to man the Brooklyn Bridge as people fled
Manhattan on foot.
the coming months, Wilson worked 344 hours at Ground Zero, sometimes
sleeping at the site, and at the Fresh Kills landfill, where workers
sifted debris for remains.
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soon developed gastrointestinal and sinus problems, but was struck
with an aggressive tongue cancer in 2008.
Sloan-Kettering doctors cut off a third of Wilson’s tongue, replacing
it with a skin graft from his wrist.
in frequent pain, he told TheNew
York Post, he will eventually need a reconstructed jaw, using a
bone from his leg or shoulder.
But the father of five, who left the NYPD for the Suffolk County
Police closer to home, is grateful to be alive — and has not lost his
passion for public service.
said: “God forbid there’s another 9/11, I want to be able to respond
Morales, then a 23-year-old receptionist for the National Coffee
Association, stepped out of the subway to mayhem as the Twin Towers
burned. “There are things I saw I can never undo,” she said, sobbing.
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the next few weeks, Morales spent hours at a time in her
wrecked office, retrieving paperwork for colleagues. “I
had dust all over me.”
years later, Morales suffered two seizures at work and was diagnosed
with advanced brain cancer.
fearful about everything since 9/11. I was never like that before,”
she cried. “I feel that thing just took everything away.”