„Sadly enough, I am here just two months, and I have identified a dozen new cancer cases, and I have another 25 patients whose diagnostic test results are pending,“ says Tina Engel, an oncology nurse at North Shore Hospital’s World Trade Center clinic in Queens, NY.
The „C“ word has been every World Trade Center responder’s 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.
„You get a lump in your throat when you first have to tell your wife,“ said NYPD Detective Amadeo Pulley, 47, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in May. „But I told my family and two kids I’m gonna be fine. We will get through this.“
As New York and the nation approach the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack, a Mount Sinai Medical Center study found a 15% higher cancer rate among 9/11 responders than among people not exposed to the Ground Zero toxins.