9/11 first responders still facing increased cancer risks

9/11 first responders have higher cancer risk

NEW YORK, N.Y. (KTHV) -- 15 years after the World Trade Centers fell, cancer remains one of the biggest concerns for first responders, survivors, and residents.

So far more than 5,000 have been diagnosed with cancers related to the 9/11 terror attacks.

New research from the New York City Department of Health shows rescue and recovery workers, as well as residents, exposed to the dust and debris have an increased risk of cancer.

The study found significant increases in prostate cancer and melanoma. 

"The exposure at the World Trade Center had a definite impact on the rate of cancer in our population, and we will continue to see that increase above and beyond the age effect," said Dr. Michael Crane with the World Trade Center Health Program. 

Crane said doctors in his program are now diagnosing 10 to 15 new cancer cases each week, including rare cancers and some people with multiple cancer variations.

 

About 22,000 responders are being seen at the World Trade Center Health program at Mount Sinai.


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