Leading medical experts are now predicting an impending health crisis caused by 9/11 WTC asbestos exposure causing waves of mesothelioma and asbestosis in the next 15-20 years.

The death toll from the New York City 9/11 terrorist attacks could climb into the millions as a result of the toxic dust that blanketed Manhattan when the Twin Towers collapsed, according to a new report from an Australian news agency.

Dr. Raja Flores, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and a Mesothelioma Expert at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Manhattan, NY told the Australian news agency:

“There’s almost nine million people in New York… a lot more people may have been exposed (to asbestos fibres) than we first thought. It contaminated a huge portion of the city and that entire population was exposed. In 15-20 years we are going to see a serious health issue here in New York. We haven’t even seen the tip of this iceberg yet.

“There are a lot of people now who are having respiratory issues and we are starting to see more cancers,” he said.

“People are already getting sick from the asbestos and they have died from it. If I had to bet my house, in 15-20 years we are going to see a serious health issue here.

“I think you will probably see double or tripling of the number of lung cancers in people who were in New York City on 9/11 and mesothelioma and people dying of pleural fibrosis from asbestosis.”

Hidden in the dust was cancer causing toxins such as  asbestos, mercury, fibreglass and benzene. In addition, when the dust settled, these toxins burned with all the jet fuel on the “pile” at Ground Zero until February 2002 and the fumes spread like a toxic cloud throughout lower Manhattan. It was inhaled by almost everyone in the city in different levels depending on their proximity to Ground Zero and the World Trade Center crash site area. Exposure in the 9/11 WTC “crash site area” is one of the requirements to make a claim for 9/11 related mesothelioma.

Dr Flores warned that children exposed to the toxic dust in the days following the terror attack had a greater risk of developing cancers. Exposure to asbestos can cause life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. These diseases normally take between 20 and 50 years to display symptoms.

The World Trade Center Health Program estimates over 400,000 people were exposed  toxins, including asbestos, during the rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts that followed 9/11. People most impacted by asbestos at Ground Zero were people assigned to rescue and recovery on the pile. Clean-up workers in the months after the towers collapsed were also exposed to asbestos.

This is a grim reminder of the catastrophic medical impact on first responders and victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Conditions such as mesothelioma, 9/11 related lung cancer and asbestosis are well known deadly conditions resulting from 9/11 related toxic exposure.

If you have questions about a 9/11 World Trade Center mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis claim, please call our 9/11 lawyers Dan Hansen or Troy Rosasco at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) and/or visit us at