Asbestos Related Deaths from 9/11 Continue to Increase
According to first responder John Feal, more people will die from illnesses related to 9/11 than from the terrorist attack that occurred at the World Trade Center.
Feal is an advocate for survivors of the 9/11 attacks, as well as those who are dying from diseases that have been linked to the terrorist attacks. Feal will be hosting the annual naming ceremony at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park in Smithtown, Long Island. During the ceremony, he reads the names of the people who have died in the last year.
This year marks the 17th anniversary of 9/11, and Feal will be reading 177 names, which brings the total for people who died from 9/11-related diseases to over 2,000. According to data, 2,753 people died at ground zero during the terrorist attack.
Speaking about 9/11-related diseases, Feal said, “I’m sticking with my original prediction, that by the 20th anniversary, the number of those dying in the aftermath [from 9/11-related diseases] is going to exceed the original death toll. Every year now, the numbers grow. This isn’t going to end anytime soon.”
Since 9/11, deaths and illnesses related to the tragic event have risen. This is due in part to the longer latency period that is associated with many of the diseases that victims suffer from. The World Trade Center Health Registry said the toxic cloud that was created after the Twin Towers collapsed exposed close to 10,000 people to 400 tons of concrete, glass, and asbestos, a toxic substance that is known to cause mesothelioma.
Dr. Raja Flores, a thoracic surgeon at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, said, “This was kind of a no-brainer, just common sense. If you expose people to things that you know cause cancer — which these do — over time, they’re going to get cancer. Sadly, this is what we anticipated, expected.”
In 2011, The World Trade Center Health Program was established to provide treatment to people living with post-9/11 health problems. The program has enrolled nearly 90,000 people. Participants in the program include:
- Emergency responders
- Recovery and cleanup worker
- Residents who lived, worked, or attended schools nearby
The following health conditions are covered under the program:
- Mental health conditions
- Digestion and breathing disorders
- Trauma-related injuries
- More than 60 cancers related to toxic exposure
Today, the World Trade Center Health Program has 10,000 people who have been diagnosed with at least one of the 9/11-related cancers. The top 10 cancers that the program covers include:
- Prostate cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Non-melanoma of the skin
- Melanoma of the skin
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colon cancer
Mesothelioma Cancer Cases Rise
Speaking about the increase of cases involving mesothelioma, Dr. Flores said, “We haven’t seen many yet, but we’re going to see a very significant rise in [mesothelioma] cases. What I am seeing is a lot more esophageal cancers. Would they have developed anyway? Or are they result of all the exposure? I think exposure. The patients seem a lot younger now. It’s going to be another 30-40 years before all this plays out.”
Helping Clients with Their Mesothelioma Cases
Have you developed mesothelioma after being exposed to toxic chemicals or debris? If so, we can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for the harm you suffered. Our skilled team of attorneys have handled countless cases involving asbestos and toxic exposure, and we are prepared to defend your rights and interests. Call us today to find out how our legal team can assist you.
Contact our mesothelioma attorney to set up a consultation with our legal professionals.