9/11 First Responders, Victims and Mesothelioma

When the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, a giant cloud of dust and debris formed over lower Manhattan. The layers of dust and rubble that remained were filled with toxic fumes and particles that, after mixing with the air, were inhaled by survivors and first responders in the area.

For days after, firemen, medical personnel, policemen and volunteers sifted through the rubble at Ground Zero searching for survivors or bodies. Unbeknownst to them, they were inhaling harmful particles that lodge into the lining of the chest and lungs and, years down the road, can cause mesothelioma or other lung diseases.

It’s estimated that 400 tons of asbestos were used to construct the World Trade Centers. More than ten years later, health concerns among 9/11 first responders and other people who were there that day are rising, especially when it comes to conditions of the lungs.

Asbestos Exposure and the 9/11 Health Care Law

In June 2012, a ruling by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health included mesothelioma into a health and compensation fund for those involved in 9/11. Mesothelioma is one of 50 different cancers covered in the fund.

Some of the other cancers include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • And more

The ruling allows all first responders, volunteers, firemen, policemen, medical personnel and local residents of lower Manhattan to qualify for free medical treatment if they developed one of the 50 cancers after September 11, 2001.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation strives to promote mesothelioma awareness and work towards a cure for the brave, selfless individuals who volunteered their time at Ground Zero and now face mesothelioma. Learn more about how you can help today.

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