Heidi Evans, New York Daily News editor, reports on the current total of World Trade Center first responders from 9/11 that currently have cancer due to the high level of carcinogens at ground zero. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 1,140 people have been diagnosed to have “World Trade Center-related cancer” and reports have shown that the numbers are expected to grow. Were the possible health risks of being a first responder on ground zero predictable?
Many first responders spent extra time on ground zero due to the cause and the emotional connection to the event. This caused prolonged exposure to the carcinogens in the air. Current knowledge of chemical radiation and cell growth/mutation could have been warnings that there could be some serious health problems due to the interaction with the environment. As time passes and more individuals are being diagnosed with cancer it becomes more evident that this spike in cancer diagnosis was not random but rather exposure to carcinogens are clearly associated with cancer development. If one would take a step back and look at the situation in it’s entirety rather than being caught up the minor details they would be able to understand the relative correlations. In the end, it is more predictable to detect that these individuals were in danger the moment they stepped on that site.
Article Reference: Evans, Heidi . “1,140 WTC 9/11 responders have cancer — and doctors say that number will grow .” New York Daily News . New York Daily News , 08 Sep 2013. Web. 11 Sep 2013. <http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/1-140-wtc-9-11-responders-cancer-article-1.1449499>.
Additional References: “Learn About Cancer.” American Cancer Society . American Cancer Society . Web. 11 Sep 2013. <http://www.cancer.org/cancer/inde&xgt;.