Increase seen in lung scarring diseases caused by the WTC destruction on 9/11

Published: Friday May 12, 2006

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There are "clear signs of an increase in the cases of lung scarring diseases caused by exposure to the dust, ash and smoke" stirred up by the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, according to a front page story set for Saturday's New York Times, RAW STORY has found.

"As they continue to investigate the health risks of those who worked in the recovery and cleanup operations at World Trade Center site, medical detectives are starting to focus on a group of diseases that squeeze the living breath out of exposed workers, leading to permanent disabilities and, in some cases, death," writes Anthony DePalma for the Times.

"After nearly five years, it is still too early for these doctors, scientists and forensic pathologists to predict with medical certainty whether there is any long-term cancer threat from exposure to the toxic cloud unleashed by the trade center collapse," the article continues.

Excerpts from the article:


The Fire Department tracked a startling increase in cases of a particular lung scarring disease, known as sarcoidosis, among firefighters, which rose to five times the expected rate in the two years after Sept. 11. Though that rate has declined, doctors worry that the disease may be lurking in other firefighters. Experts who regularly see workers who were at ground zero in the 48 hours after the towers' collapse expect monitoring to show many more cases of lung- scarring disorders among that group.