"The Continuing Legacy of 9/11"
The victims of 9/11 have come in three waves. The last wave—which doctors believe could be about to swell—is expected to be comprised of people who contracted cancer from their time near Ground Zero. Doctors who treat 9/11 first responders are still diagnosing lung disease, but they’re also beginning to screen for cancer. “This is going to get worse,” said Michael Crane, MD, MPH, medical director of the World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center for Excellence at Mount Sinai. “You give it another ten years; you’re going to see a big blip,” said Raja Flores, MD, professor and system chair of thoracic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He added, “Every doctor that deals with this patient population is concerned about it.”
— Michael A. Crane, MD, MPH, Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Medical Director, Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health and World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence, Mount Sinai Health System
— Raja M. Flores, MD, Steven and Ann Ames Professor, Thoracic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chair, Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System