“Sadly enough, I am here just two months, and I have identified a dozen new cancer cases, and I have another 25 patients whose diagnostic test results are pending.” -Tina Engel, an oncology nurse at North Shore Hospital’s WTC clinic in Queens
"The misleading communications by civic leaders and their failure to insist on respiratory protection in the days, weeks and months after the initial rescue operation ended undoubtedly contributed and will continue to contribute to sickness in the rescue and recovery workers and in the citizens of Lower Manhattan," -Dr Philip J. Landrigan, chairman of the Department of Community and Preventative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Mount Sinai has screened more than 25,000 Ground Zero responders for illnesses suspected of being related to the dust and treated many of them.
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You have expertly captured within your article the ugliness of a bureaucracy that remained in denial for years about the link between higher rates of cancer in those who rescued on 9/11 and those who continued day in and day out their work at Ground Zero. They wanted us to believe that their cancer was "coincidental".
That 343 of New York's bravest died on 9/11 in the collapses is irrefutable.
That many more continue to die as a result of being there on 9/11 and working Ground Zero for months longer is irrefutable as well. The link to their cancer is obvious. And America should be screaming at the bureaucrats to provide for the brothers and sisters' care.
Let's not forget; cancer isn't killing all of them. Many are suffering in the silence of deep depression, unable to cope without proper care.