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9/11 Cancer Diagnoses Triples, Asbestos Exposure Likely to Blame

mesothelioma victimIt is hard to imagine that the 9/11 attacks on the United States may lose more lives to asbestos exposure then to the collapse of the buildings, but it’s true. When terrorists hijacked four commercial jets on September 11th, 2001 and crashed them into the iconic American buildings in New York and Washington, the nation was thrust into a period of extended grief for the thousands who were killed. But as weeks went by and the shock turned to analysis, environmental and health experts started warning that the health impact of the event would last for decades. They knew that the asbestos that was released into the air as the buildings fell would have a devastating impact on those who were exposed to it, and that prediction is now started to come true.

According to a statement given by Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the WTC Health Program, there have now been over 5,400 Ground Zero first responders, as well as citizens who lived, worked, or went to school near the Twin Towers, who have been diagnosed with cancer since the buildings fell – and that number has tripled in the last two and a half years. Those victims have been diagnosed with 6,378 separate cancers, which means that some of them have been diagnosed with more than one type of cancer. The conditions that have most frequently been diagnosed are prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. All have been at a much higher rate than would normally be expected.

One would think that mesothelioma would also be on that list, as it is specifically caused by exposure to asbestos. But health experts say that because mesothelioma can take several decades after exposure before it begins to show symptoms, the number of cases caused by the 9/11 attacks is not likely to be fully realized for fifty years. When the terrorists steered the planes into the Twin Towers, they probably did not know that they were constructed with asbestos and that the impact of their attack would be so long lasting, but for those who lived and worked in the area, the reality has already struck hard.

People who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma face a much shortened life expectancy, and need expensive medical treatments. Those who lived and worked in the area of the World Trade Center have been provided with certain benefits in recognition of the danger that they were exposed to, but for thousands of others who are victims of asbestos exposure as a result of negligence, no such benefits have been put in place. These victims do, however, have a right to file lawsuits against those responsible, and the attorneys at Danziger & De Llano can help. If you have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease and would like information, call us today.

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