Health officials say more than 1,100 people who worked or lived near ground zero, including first responders, are now living with a cancer related to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.
The Daily News reports Wednesday 1,140 people have been certified with a World Trade Center-related cancer. And that number is expected to increase, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Dr. Jim Melius, chairman of the WTC Responder Medical Program, tells the Daily, "There are more cases out there, because we just know of the people in our government-funded medical programs, not those who have been treated by their private doctors. Because of the carcinogens in the air at ground zero, people who were exposed are vulnerable. And with cancer, there is a delay.”
Twelve new cases of cancer have been diagnosed in the last two months and another 25 patients diagnostic test results are pending.
A study conducted by the Mount Sinai Medical Center found that emergency responders have a cancer rate 15 percent higher than those not exposed to the noxious toxins at Ground Zero. Among that group, the 10 most common cancers are skin cancers, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, and cancers of the thyroid, lung, kidney and bladder.
The CDC reports, that 65,000 people, including first responders, became ill from 9/11 exposure.