Reuters - "U.S. to Cover Cancer Treatment for 9-11 Responders"

The 70,000 surviving firefighters, police officers and other first responders who raced to the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001 will be entitled to free monitoring and treatment for some 50 forms of cancer.

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 – September 10, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

The 70,000 surviving firefighters, police officers and other first responders who raced to the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11, 2001 will be entitled to free monitoring and treatment for some 50 forms of cancer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced on Monday that responders as well as survivors exposed to toxic compounds from the wreckage, which smoldered for three months, will be covered for cancer under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Pulverized building materials created a toxic pall of cement dust, glass fibers, asbestos, crystalline silica, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides and dioxins - "a total of 287 chemicals or chemical groups," the WTC health program reported in 2011. "They did a magnificent thing, showing not only scientific acumen but also a generosity of spirit," said Dr. Michael Crane, director of the WTC health program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
- Dr. Michael Crane, Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Medical Director, The World Trade Center Health Program, Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai, The Mount Sinai Medical Center

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