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Record Rates Of Cancer Seen In Survivors 15 Years After 9/11

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Record Rates Of Cancer Seen In Survivors 15 Years After 9/11


Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, Ground Zero survivors still battle health problems with emergency responders and civilians showing record rates of cancer.

The EPA assured New Yorkers that the air was safe following the attacks and the federal government was slow to respond with health programs to help survivors.

RT reports:

It has been 15 years since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center when 2,726 people were killed. Among them 411 emergency workers, and another 7,000 people were injured after two commercial jets were hijacked and slammed into the towers. Both 110-story towers collapse releasing a huge cloud of dust and debris from the glass, concrete, steel and other materials that made up the buildings.

“We will never know the composition of that cloud, because the wind carried it away, but people were breathing and eating it,” Mount Sinai’s Dr. Michael Crane told Newsweek. “What we do know is that it had all kinds of god-awful things in it. Burning jet fuel. Plastics, metal, fiberglass, asbestos. It was thick, terrible stuff. A witch’s brew.”

Since then more than double the number of rescue and recovery workers have died, a total of 1,064, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obtained by Newsweek. The figures come from the federal World Trade Center Health Program, created under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that was eventually passed in 2010.

The act sunset after five years and after much protest involving a high publicized pitch from Comedy Central comedian John Stewart and tireless work on behalf of advocates and even the sick workers themselves, the Act was eventually renewed by Congress in 2015 and extended for 75 years.

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