NEARLY 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke resulting from 9/11.
With 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 9/11-related.
In all, more than 1,700 responders and others affected have died, including 420 of those stricken with cancer, officials said.
“9/11 is still killing,” said John Feal, an advocate for WTC responders.
“Sadly, this fragile community of heroes and survivors is shrinking by the day.”
The number of cancer patients has rapidly risen since the federal program started tracking the disease in 2013.
“We get these referrals 15 to 20 times a week,” said Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Cancers have various latency periods, typically emerging years after exposure to harmful substances…
Studies 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.
Non-responders have had significantly higher rates of breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Other cancers raising red flags include leukemia, Crane said.