Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Seeks to Build Awareness of 9/11 Long-Term Health Effects

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Hazards of World Trade Center dust may affect first responders, trade center workers for many years to come.

Part of this is simply getting the word out - Campaign Director, Jack Bleeker

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is recognizing the 10th anniversary of the September, 11th 2001 terrorist attacks by seeking to build awareness and support for those suffering from long-term health complications as a result of toxic exposure at Ground Zero and throughout lower Manhattan.

Utilizing various studies on the health of first responders and trade center workers, the organization is pleased to provide a number of new reference materials and data visualizations for visitors to our site. Detailing 9/11’s true long-term consequences, a comprehensive infographic and detailed report on the topic can now help victims and their families identify the potential health hazards that were present in and around lower Manhattan on the day of, and in the weeks following the attacks.

Many are unaware that in addition to the immediate victims of the attacks, many are now affected by what has come to be known the World Trade Center Cough, a chronic respiratory condition linked to trade center dust. Additionally, 75 recovery workers have developed blood cancers, which doctors have attributed to toxic exposure in and around Ground Zero. Among a survey of 5,000 rescue workers, 100% of those studied suffered from some level of impaired lung function.

Perhaps most disturbing, is that according to analysis of the dust that blanketed lower Manhattan, asbestos concentrations ranged from .8% to 3%. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, has been conclusively linked to the development of malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos cancers are typically latent for several years, indicating we may not know the true toll in human life of the attacks for many years.

The Zadroga Bill, which established medical coverage for 9/11 first responders and trade center workers, does not at this time provide coverage for cancer victims. Fortunately, several organizations are now lobbying for the bill to be amended to include coverage for these individuals.

"It's pretty clear that we won't know the true lasting effects of the attacks for many years. Compounding the effects of psychological trauma endured by an entire nation, many will continue to suffer with physical health complications. If we can provide, at the least, a point of reference to help identify symptoms with a particular disorder, than we'll have served our purpose" said the campaign's director, Jack Bleeker.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance urges all to honor the victims of this senseless act of violence by helping to build awareness and support for those who may still be suffering.

"Part of this is simply getting the word out," added Bleeker.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is the leading authority on Mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease. Featuring thousands of pages of physician, cancer center, clinical trial, and other resources, we have been serving the mesothelioma and cancer community online for nearly 20 years.


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