9/11 Firefighters Have Higher Risk of Cancer
9/11 firefighters suffer a higher risk of contracting cancer, reveals a new study. Besides, rescue workers on that fateful day still have high rates of illness, it reports. The good news is that death rates among 9/11 survivors are lower than the general population. These findings were reported by The Lancet, a medical journal.
9/11 firefighters have a 19% higher risk of getting cancer compared to others. The researchers looked at the medical records of more than 9,800 firefighters. Another Lancet study reveals that many among the estimated 50,000 emergency workers who toiled on 9/11 still suffer from high rates of mental and physical illnesses. Among these workers, 28% have asthma, 39% gastroesophageal reflux disease and 42% have contracted sinusitis.
Regarding the mental ailments, 28% had depression, 21% panic disorder and 32% post traumatic stress disorder, reveals the study. The researchers say these findings reveal the rescue workers are still facing turbulent health problems even after 10 years since 9/11.
The Good News
However, there is a ray of hope too. The civilians and rescue workers who were directly impacted on 9/11 have lower death rates compared to the general population of New York City. The reasons for this heartening news could be the facts that most of the affected are employed and had volunteered to be studied. Research reveals that both study volunteers and employed persons are overall healthier than the general population.