December 20, 2012
More than a decade after the World Trade Center terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the US government added cancer to the list of sicknesses covered by a $4.3 billion fund set up to help rescue workers and others who were adversely affected by the cleanup process after the tragedy. The health issues were directly related to the dust, debris and fumes released from the twin towers’ wreckage.
The addition of cancer to the WTC fund came in light of a study by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) that revealed a 19 percent higher incidence of all cancers for exposed firefighters compared with those who had no exposure to dust from the WTC wreckage.
However, most of that increase came from prostate and thyroid cancers, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and melanoma, according to Jiehui Li, MBBS, of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.