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Number Of Ground Zero Cancer Cases Skyrocketing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There has been a dramatic increase in the number of 9/11 rescuers and responders with cancer in the past year, according to a published report.

The New York Post says that Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program reported 1,140 cancer cases last year. Now the number is up to more than 2,500.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: (SEPTEMBER 11 RETROSPECTIVE) Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: (SEPTEMBER 11 RETROSPECTIVE) Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

Among the cancers being diagnosed at a much higher rate than the general population: prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is expected to receive more claims by the Oct. 14 deadline. So far, there are 1,145 claims listing cancer.


Over 2,500 Ground Zero Workers Have Cancer – It’s A Much Higher Figure Than The Normal Population

Originally published at the Huffington Post UK on 7/28/2014

The heroes of 9/11 – those that rushed in to help on the day the Twin Towers were demolished – are paying a high price for their selfless work.

“In its latest tally, the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital counts 1,655 responders with cancer among the 37,000 cops, hard hats, sanitation workers, other city employees and volunteers it monitors.”

Epidemiologists said studies show that 9/11 workers have developed some cancers at a significantly higher rate than the normal population — including prostate, thyroid, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

Why is this the case, however?

Ground Zero was a mixture of debris that rescuers breathed in, at a time when the priority was helping people and getting them out of the situation.

“But to establish a link between such exposures and cancer requires actually observing more documented cases of cancer among responders than would have been expected had they not breathed in the toxins.”

One such hero, a retired FDNY captain, 63, was chose not to be named, worked non-stop for a week at Ground Zero and developed inoperable pancreatic cancer and lung disease.

“I knew that day that a lot of us would get sick,” he said to The Post.

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