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    Ground Zero and Cancer: The Surprising Side

    By Michael Barasch

    As the years have gone by since the 9/11 disaster, studies have repeatedly demonstrated an increased rate of many cancers among emergency responders and other survivors who had breathed the toxic dust at Ground Zero. Except one. Somewhat surprisingly, statistics show 9/11 responders have experienced a lower rate of lung cancer than would be expected […]

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  • Zadroga Act

    Prostate Cancer Now Eligible for Zadroga Benefits

    By Michael Barasch

    Less than three weeks before the deadline for registering under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health officially added prostate cancer to the list of diseases eligible for compensation. The move also means those afflicted with 9/11-related prostate cancer are eligible for free care under the World Trade Center […]

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  • Zadroga Act9/11 Injuries

    Taking Its Toll: Death of a Volunteer

    By Michael Barasch

    Photographer Adan Gonzalez arrived at the WTC site as a volunteer. He worked to document the effort and support other volunteers and responders on-site. In May of this year, Mr. Gonzalez died of throat cancer he believed was caused by on-site exposure to toxins. Although the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approved […]

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  • 9/11 Injuries

    No Surprise Here: 9/11 Responders at Higher Risk for Cancer

    By Michael Barasch

    Cancer rates are 15 percent higher in 9/11 responders than in the general population, according to a recent Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) report. Epidemiologists examined data collected from 20,984 participants between 2001 and 2008, finding 575 cases of cancer instead of the expected 499. Thyroid, prostate and blood cancers (like […]

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