Skip to comments.1,140 WTC 9/11 responders have cancer — and doctors say that number will grow
Posted on 09/10/2013 5:07:15 AM PDT by Daffynition
The C word has been every World Trade Center responders nightmare and for good reason.
Cancer has become a reality for more than 1,000 men and women who sacrificed their health at Ground Zero and the number is expected to grow.
(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...
Statistically - is this different from a control population over 12 years?
So, a couple thousand more murdered by the muslims and their Democrat allies.
That’s certainly how I look at it! Now they’ll need to rely on Obummercare?! Double whammy!!
There were many photos of workers hanging their masks to one side.
TLC had a documentary the other night about first responders on that day and what they went through. Paramedics, fire, police, ER doctors, nurses.
Rare film footage from the street level as the towers burned and fell.
Brought it all back again like it happened yesterday.
It was infuriating.
That's what I wonder as well.
The article devotes several paragraphs to someone that developed gastric reflux after 9/11. Gastric reflux is when the acid in your stomach leaks through the esophageal sphincter into the esophagus, and up into your throat and mouth. In the worse cases, it can then drain down your trachea into your lungs (thus, respiratory reflux).
I'm not aware of an environmental cause for gastric reflux, other than the choice to eat foods that aggravate it. Spicy foods, coffee, carbonated drinks, chocolate, alcohol, and high-fat foods all do so. Eating late in the evening will make it worse, because you lose the gravity inhibitor when you lie down. The root cause is inherited.
There are drugs that treat this effectively. There is also a relatively minor surgery that can be done with a laparoscope, and recently with an endoscope (from within the stomach), that resolves it in most cases.
There is a pre-cursor condition to esophageal cancer that is easily identified with an endoscope. With a regular endoscopic examination, you can catch and treat esophageal cancer early, just like colon cancer. If you have serious gastric reflux, you should be having one every few years.
I live with this every day, and it runs in my family. I've lost close relatives to esophageal cancer. So, I know what this guy is going through, and I doubt it has anything to do with his work after 9/11.
But, according to the article, that number does NOT include those who were treated by private physicians, only the ones that are treated at government facilities.
Wow, I’m seeing a hematologist tomorrow because my regular doc thinks I may have leukemia after my latest bloodwork came back.
Hell, I wasn’t within 700 miles of the towers and upwind to boot, I wonder if I can get a check or something..../s
There's no way to know what that number is, unless those people come forward. Frankly, given the amount of publicity this has received, I expect that it would be minimal.
But, as the original poster asked: has anyone compared this set of people to a control set? The article says the incidence of cancer is 15% higher than people not exposed at the WTC site after 9/11.
15% isn't much higher, and given the small sample size, it could be within the margin of error. And, you would expect the types of cancer to be skewed toward respiratory and skin disorders. Was it?
That is the real question.
Life time incidence of cancer in a male is 1/2 and in a woman is 1/3 (American Cancer Society). If 100,000 people were followed, we would expect to diagnose tens of thousands of cancer with or without exposure.
My prayers are with you.
Thank you, since I still feel fine for just being tired I’ve been able to self-deny it until tomorrow I guess.
on 9/12/01, I was offered a job at triple my current salary to go manage cleanup efforts (6 month deal) for a major multinational construction contractor. I said no thanks, and I’m damn glad i made that call.
I love how the article below the pictures calls it a “disaster”....Are you frickin kidding me?????????? It was not some disaster, it was an attack!!!!!! OMG....People piss me off so bad!!!!!!
I don’t have the info at my fingertips right now (yeah I know I’m on the innerwebs), but statistically firefighters do have a higher rate of these incidences than the average cubicle worker. I don’t know if there’s an increased risk as compared to the average industrial worker. My husband is a professional firefighter and keeps his mask on long after a fire is out. Some of the older guys rip them off ASAP. There’s still fumes from insulation, vinyl siding, PVC pipes, etc. that they’re exposed too. Even with keeping the mask on he still flushes his nose with a netti pot and gargles saline as part of his post-fire cleanup. I can’t imagine what the 9/11 first responders were exposed to.
Take the info FWIW.
So it is their own fault? Paleeeeeeeeeez!
Prayers for you!
Thanks, tomorrow is the day I’m dreading so at least I can sleep one way or the other after that...
Christine Todd Whitman, administrator of the EPA in the aftermath of the attacks, was heavily criticized for incorrectly saying that the area was environmentally safe. President Bush was criticized for interfering with EPA interpretations and pronouncements regarding air quality in the aftermath of the attacks. In addition, Mayor Giuliani was criticized for urging financial industry personnel to return quickly to the greater Wall Street area.
“Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C. that their air is safe to breathe and their water is safe to drink.” She also said, “The concentrations are such that they don’t pose a health hazard...We’re going to make sure everybody is safe.” Later, a 2003 report by the EPA’s inspector general determined that such assurances were misleading, because the EPA “did not have sufficient data and analyses” to justify the assertions when they were made.
I was diagnosed with cancer last year, it is not necessarily a death sentence like it used to be.
On the other hand, we all have an expiration date, being told you have cancer makes it hard to ignore that fact. Although I would have preferred not to have had it, the effect on my life has been a net positive.
I’m 48, so I was hoping to stay around for my wife for a while yet!
I had melanoma when I was 20, deep enough that they told me it could have gotten picked up by the lymph node but it seems I dodged a bullet there. I decided a year ago I was tired of being fat so I had surgery in May, this was all discovered after they did the blood work since then.
Again like my melanoma it was discovered by accident. My skin cancer on my back was spotted by a vacationing pathologist standing next to me. I was changing my shirt in the big tent while fishing a couple of hundred miles north of the arctic circle in Canada, which by luck probably saved my life then too.
I had just turned 49 when I was diagnosed, with a wife and three kids at home. I was prepared for eternity but scared to death about leaving my wife and kids alone. My faith kept me sane through the first year.
Keep strong though, a diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence, especially with blood cancers. And if you are told you don’t have cancer, it is not a guarantee you will live through tomorrow, live like it.
I’ll send up prayers tonight, I hope you have good news tomorrow.
Thank you, very much.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.