Sumary of Firefighters working at World Trade Center during 9/11 are 13% more likely to develop cancer:
- Firefighters working at the World Trade Center (WTC) are more likely to develop cancer than those who were not working at Ground Zero.
- Researchers found that New York City firefighters who were at the site during and after the 9/11 attacks had 13 percent higher odds of being diagnosed with cancer, especially prostate and thyroid cancer.
- The team, run by the Fire Department of the City of New York, said that although the study cannot establish cause that it shows the immense risk first responders as they battled against the flames and the smoke during the deadliest attack carried out on U.S. soil.
- Researchers compared 10,786 firefighters who worked at the WTC site to 8,813 firefighters who didn’t work at the site and found the WTC firefighters were 13% more likely of being diagnosed with cancer than their colleagues.
- Pictured: Firefighters walk towards one of the tower at the World Trade Center before it collapsed on 9/11The researchers say that firefighters are often exposed to toxins and carcinogens – substances capable of causing cancers – while on the job.
- The men were exposed to asbestos, arsenic, benzene, sulfuric acid polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – a class of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline – and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are man-made chemicals.
- Environmental Medicine, the team looked at 10,786 firefighters who worked at the WTC site during and following the 9/11 attacks.
- They were compared with 8,813 firefighters who didn’t work at the site and whom were participants in the Career Firefighter Health Study.