Cancer Rates Among NYPD Officers Up Dramatically Since 9/11 World Trade Center AttackOct 3, 2013
A new study conducted by the New York Police Dept. has revealed that the cancer rate among its rank-and-file has jumped five times in the 10 years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
New York Daily News is reporting on the NYPD study, noting that rates for thyroid cancer have jumped an astounding 10 times over the normal rate since the attacks. Rates of non-Hodgkins lymphoma have are three and one-half times greater than the average rate among New York police officers.
We've been reporting on the plight of those first responders - police officers, firefighters, and paramedics - who rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center attacks. As thousands fled the scene in terror, it was these personnels' job to rush into the collapsing buildings and attempt to perform rescues on those trapped.
Based on our reports, the air around the former World Trade Center site was toxic the moment the airliners struck the building and that toxic cloud of smoke and dust particles persisted for months following the events.
New York Daily News reports that many of the city's police officers were at the scene now referred to as Ground Zero. Since that time, the rate of cancer diagnosis among police officers has jumped exponentially.
Our previous reports have also noted the struggles of Ground Zero first responders to access healthcare to treat the conditions they likely acquired while attending to the World Trade Center scene. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, passed by the U.S. Congress, addressed many of those concerns eventually but it was only recently that any benefits were made available to those who claimed that they developed cancer at the terrorist attack site.
At a press event to announce the early results of the NYPD research, the department's chief surgeon said that the rates of these cancers is particularly dangerous because they usually don't present symptoms until the later stages, often making them more difficult to treat, according to the Daily News.