Sumary of Cancer cases, medical complications surge for 9/11 survivors, CDC report says:
- Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesCancer diagnoses and medical complications have skyrocketed over the last eight years for 9/11 survivors and first responders who inhaled toxic debris in the wake of the terrorist attacks, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Of the 104,223 enrollees in the World Trade Center Health Program, a federal benefits plan for survivors and responders, 58% of all program members contracted at least one illness caused by 9/11 as of last year, according to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
- Cancers related to 9/11 among members increased by more than 1,000% from 1,870 confirmed cases in 2013 to 20,612 cases in 2020, the research found.
- “Continued WTC research has led to better understanding of 9/11 exposures and physical and mental health associations for its members,” the report said.
- Members’ noncancerous health issues climbed from 28,126 certified medical conditions in 2012 to 50,611 in 2020, an increase of 80%.
- The program calculated an average of 2.7 9/11-related health conditions per member and added that roughly 400,000 people came in contact with dangerous pollutants after the attacks, elevating their risk for medical complications.
- Founded in 2011 using funds from the Zadroga Act, the World Trade Center Health Program covers “medical screening, monitoring, and treatment” for individuals whose 9/11-related diseases have been evaluated by a clinical provider and certified by program staff, the MMWR said.