PBA: Number Of Officers Diagnosed With Cancer Since 9/11 Keeps Growing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The number of young police officers who responded to the World Trade Center site being diagnosed with cancer since 9/11 is growing in “astronomical numbers,” according to the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

PBA President Patrick Lynch said 56 police officers have died and 297 others have been diagnosed with cancer.

The cancers range from lung to rarer forms that affect the bile duct, tongue and nasal passages.

Lynch said the average age of the officers at the time of diagnosis is 44.

“Men and women are dying from Sept. 11 exposure and they need to be taken care of,” Lynch told 1010 WINS.

An average of 16 police officers now apply annually for cancer-related disabilities. A year before the attacks, that number stood at about six.

“On Sept. 11, without question, our members responded and served,” Lynch told 1010 WINS. “Now, they’re faced with nothing but questions as to where their cancer came from. It’s common sense, young men and women diagnosed with exotic cancers – it came from a toxic cloud on Sept. 11.”

Lynch said the growing number of cases point out the need for the feds to include cancer in the list of sicknesses covered by the 9/11 Zadroga Health Act.

The Bloomberg Administration has resisted releasing its own information on cancer rates among police officers citing privacy rules.

“The data needs to be released so we can take care of our members, and that’s the city’s responsibility,” Lynch said. “We took care of our responsibility on Sept. 11, in the attack and the recovery. Now, it’s the city’s turn.”

  • watsonr

    What a dumb comment AG. Getting disability and die from Cancer. If you think that is a good deal then you are dumber than dumb.

    • AG

      Hey watsonr I do not think that getting a disabliity because of cancer is a good deal. If you really read the comment I said that we are well taken care of. The article implies that we have not been. And btw I know all too well about all of this I am a retired firefighter and I DO have cancer!

  • verysad

    It seems the terrorist run on this one,yes bin laden is dead and many taliban members but look at the suffering dats still going on after 10 years and people still dying because of this terrorist act,these people who are dying from helping at wtc site should be compensated and there families just as the 9/11 families were.

  • Pole sitter

    Who cares there not firfighters. The fdny are the true 9/11 heros

  • Mike

    DCLaw, the city is not the “agency/Entity” that is not doing the right thing. Many of them have basically given up on all the folks that needed/need help. Not for profits/relief agencies gave up on their employees and volunteers and just have them go to Mt Sinia rather that take care of them as required by law. However, Workers Compensation though an avenue for care doesn’t have the teeth to deal with the issues and many carriers(company insurance on the bequest of they companies) just drag things out.
    One agency that proclaims of doing the most good , the salvation army, is outright refusing to care for past emplyees and volunteers, unless, of course you are an officer or an officers child, Then all your bills are paid for! They rather spend the 9/11 monies to fund religious programs and employ family ,memebrs rather than to actually care for those you were affected by 9/11. Hopefully, the truth shall come out and people will be so disappointment by their blaten disreguard of other.

  • DCLaw-1

    Amazing that this is even an issue. Disgraceful. The Mayor should be advocating for these officers, and doing what is necessary to ensure they receive the very best treatment available.

    • AG

      Do you realize that if you were a uniformed city worker, and were at the site and are diagnosed with cancer then you are entitled to a disability pension. That means you recieve 3/4 of your salary triple tax free. Additionally you recieve medical and drug coverage. We are being taken care of its just that some folk are a bit greey and want even more. The Zagaoda bill is what is shameful, the taxpayers of this country are being taken for a ride!

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