Report: More than 2,500 9/11 responders have cancer

9/11 Firefighters (AP Photo)

9/11 Firefighters (AP Photo)

NEW YORK – The number of 9/11 responders who have been diagnosed with cancer more than doubled this past year, according to the latest report.

The World Trade Center Health Program reported to the NY Post that 1,655 responders have been diagnosed with cancer, bringing the total to 2,518.

Cops, firefighters, EMT’s, construction workers, sanitation workers and volunteers are all included in the group of those with cancer.

There have been 1,145 claims listing cancer but only 115 claims have been awarded, according to the NY Post.

Some victims worry they won’t be compensated until after they die.

WTC epidemiologists say studies show that 9/11 workers have gotten certain cancers at a significantly higher rate than expected in the normal population — prostate, thyroid, leukemia and multiple myeloma.

Source: WPIX

4 comments

  • FaithC

    …”a significantly higher rate”…
    That could mean anything. They don’t say how many first responders and volunteers there were to start with. There are other factors to look at also like: lifestyle, smoker, family history and so on.
    This article tells us nothing.

  • Sinner 3

    So basically they were there to help out people and the city in the case of an emergency….But now they want to be paid because they were diagnosed with Cancer because of their good deed….seems to me that they took that risk when they decided to help…kinda like helping tame a lion in the jungle and then be attacked and want to file a lawsuit against the company even tho you chose to do that…..greedy people!

    • GC

      Same could be said of our whiney veterans who get free stuff at VA hospitalos and centers, even if they did not fight in a war or were stationed state-side with cushy jobs.

      • FaithC

        I guess we all know you did not serve. No, don’t even try to say you did. Anybody who serves is entitled to free healthcare!!

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