A total of 9,795 citizens of the United States (US) were stricken with cancer caused by the dust of the impact of the September 11, 2001 or 9/11 attacks. Terrorist attacks with pirated aircraft hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC), where al-Qaeda was accused of being the culprit.
Data on deaths from cancer was released by The Federal World Trade Center Health Program. The institute was founded in 2010 to provide medical benefits to certain groups affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The data quoted by The New York Post showed that 9,795 Americans suffered from cancer related to the 9/11 attacks, including first responders, residents, students and people working in Manhattan, where the second floor 110 tower collapsed.
Of that number, 420 of them have died. “9/11 is still killing,” said John Feal, an advocate for WTC respondents to the US media.
More than 11,000 firefighters, under the supervision of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), operate ongoing rescue and recovery efforts at the site in the days and weeks after the collapse of the WTC building.
The 9/11 attack at that time killed 2,606 people, not including those who were on the plane that crashed into the WTC twin towers.
Epidemiological studies have shown that both rescue and recovery workers who work on site after the collapse of the building have significantly higher rates of thyroid cancer. They also have melanoma or skin cancer and bladder cancer.
Other cancers suffered by non-respondents exposed to dust are breast cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and other blood cell disorders.
Michael Crane, medical director of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, told the New York Post, “We get this reference 15 to 20 times a week.”
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks described what the authors call the “Cough of the World Trade Center”, defined as “a persistent cough that develops after exposure to the attack site”.