Joe Biden sees parallels between the toxins that have stricken so many 9/11 responders with cancer, and the toxins his son, Beau, breathed in Iraq before he died of cancer last year.
Retired Neew York City Firefighter Ray Pfeifer has stage 4 cancer, but he calls himself lucky.
2,518 2 10-11 The number of years it took for the first sick responders to begin receiving payments for health compensation
As the headlines buzz and our hearts ache with the news of Robin Williams losing his battle to mental illness, several quiet heroes have also lost their own battles in these last few years. Their fight wasn't against depression or drugs or celebrity scrutiny, but it was just as sinister, and just as heartbreaking.
Scientists say the workers get cancer at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the population and studies suggest rescuers also have increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, asthma and other respiratory disorders.
Previously health officials cited a lack of scientific evidence to support a link between cancer and the toxic dust unleashed
For thousands of workers, this anniversary of 9/11 is an especially deep measure of loss -- not just the immediate loss of life, but years of lost opportunities to make still-neglected victims whole.
About half the material was "non-fibrous" including polystyrene foam, vermiculite mineral, combustion product (carbon soot
Not everyone agrees. "The evidence is not definitive of excess cancer risk," Jonathan Samet, professor of preventative medicine
"Now that there is new evidence of an increased rate of cancers among 9/11 responders," added Maloney. "I hope that Dr. Howard
"This woman needs to get this up and running quick, but I do give her credit for getting this part out in, what, 35 days