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1,140 cancer cases tied to 9/11 ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

New York City fireman at Ground Zero
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As the world marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a study from Mount Sinai Medical Center has found a 15 percent higher cancer rate among first responders than those not exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero in New York City.

According to the New York Daily News, “as of August, 1,140 responders and people who worked, lived or studied in lower Manhattan have been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to have a WTC-related cancer.” And experts believe that is just the tip of the iceberg.

“There are more cases out there, because we just know of the people in our government-funded medical programs, not those who have been treated by their private doctors,” said Dr. Jim Melius, the chairman of the steering committee for the WTC Responder Medical Program and a 9/11 Health Watch board member, told the paper.

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