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Nearly 300 New York Cops Diagnosed with Cancer Since 9/11; Average Age= 44

February 6, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in 9/11, Health & Medicine with 0 Comments

Nearly 300 New York police officers who responded to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center have been diagnosed with cancer.

Fox News Latino reports that the number of officers who applied for cancer-related disability pensions since 9/11 has tripled.

Deadly duty (Photo: Andrea Booher)

There are 297 cops who worked at Ground Zero who have been diagnosed with cancer since 9/11. Their average age when diagnosed is 44, according to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA).

The most prevalent cancer diagnosed has been lung cancer (19 cases). But other, rarer cancers have also been reported, including ones which affect bile ducts, tongues, and nasal passages.

Since 9/11, 56 officers have died from cancer. The PBA says that an average of 16 cops apply each year for cancer-related disability pensions. Before 9/11, around half a dozen officers applied annually.

The New York Police Department has come under fire for its refusal to provide the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, which treats first responders, with its data about cancer cases among its officers. Mt. Sinai is studying the subject to determine if working at Ground Zero translated into an elevated cancer risk.

“It is our sincere opinion that the City of New York has done nothing to facilitate any cancer study and has been actively working to prevent a comprehensive examination of the issue,” PBA research director Frank Tramontano told Fox News Latino.

Some City Council members and union leaders have accused the New York City government of withholding crucial data in order to protect the city from liability.

“It’s time to stop the obstruction and provide the data the police department has already collected so that [the federal government] doesn’t have to operate in the dark,” PBA President Pat Lynch told Fox News Latino.

At least 12,000 police officers aided in the rescue and cleanup operations at Ground Zero alongside firefighters, medical personnel and other first responders.

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