As reported in the New York Post today, September 11th related cancers have tripled since January 2014. The long term health effects of the World Trade Center dust, fumes and toxins continues to grow. Now, almost 15 years since the attack, every state in America has at least one resident sick with a 9/11 related illness. It appears the pain is long from over. The evil brought to our shores that day by radical terrorists continues to plague our nation.
As of June 30, 2016, over 5,400 WTC first responders and others who lived, worked or went to school in downtown Manhattan – below Canal Street -have come down with 9/11 related cancers due to breathing the toxic dust and fumes from Ground Zero. At least 1,140 have died from WTC cancers. And the federal government told them the air was safe – right!
According to Dr. Michael Crane, Medical Director of the WTC Health Program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, new 9/11-linked cancers are being certified between 10-15 times per week! At that pace, his medical center alone will certify over 500 911 cancers in the next 12 months. The program monitors more than 48,000 police officers, construction workers, volunteer firefighters, utility workers and others who selflessly at Ground Zero. The New York City Fire Department has their own medical program and monitors another 16,000. Thank God Congress passed the James Zadroga Reauthorization Act last December.
The 9/11 Zadroga Reauthorization Act provides lifetime monitoring and 100% healthcare coverage for victims with 911 cancers through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). You can enroll and get screened for cancer, no matter where you live in the nation, by calling 1-888-982-4748. The new Zadroga Act also provides compensation to victims through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund recently re-opened for new claims. You can find the new VCF Claim form here.
Unfortunately, our office is also seeing a large increase in 9/11 first responders, cleanup workers, downtown residents and workers (below Canal Street) calling about 9/11 Zadroga Act eligibility.
Reminder: If you or a loved one were present in Lower Manhattan below Canal Street anytime between September 11th 2001 and May 30th 2002, and have been diagnosed with cancer, you can call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO to see if you are eligible for free health care and compensation under the 9/11 Zadroga Act.