Cancer rates among first responders and cleanup workers at Ground Zero have grown dramatically in the decade and a half following the 9/11 attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Newsmax reports. A total of 411 emergency workers were among the dead on 9/11, and since then, the number has risen to 1,064, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
According to the CDS, 5,441 people have cancers thought to be tied to 9/11. Most are between 55 and 64 years old, and most are emergency responders or recovery and cleanup workers, RT reports. Almost 70 types of cancer have been associated with the 9/11 attacks, many so aggressive they are hard to treat, Newsweek reports.
“The diseases stemming from the World Trade Center attacks include almost all lung diseases, almost all cancers — such as issues of the upper airways, gastroesophageal acid reflux disease, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, panic and adjustment disorders,” Dr. David Prezant, co-director for the Fire Department of the City of New York’s World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, told Newsweek.