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.
“Losing three firefighters on the same day to WTC-related illnesses is a painful reminder that, 13 years later, we continue
55,188 Thirteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, some first responders and rescue workers are still waiting
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.
In the envelope and the bag was a clumpy, powdery gray dust -- dust that used to be the south tower of the World Trade Center
Not everyone agrees. "The evidence is not definitive of excess cancer risk," Jonathan Samet, professor of preventative medicine