9/11 Health Information Everyone Should Know

9/11 HEALTH HISTORY

Obviously, 9/11 was prominent in the news for years…

Recently, though, it’s been getting a whole lot more attention due to all the people who are sick coming to light.

Unfortunately, those who respond to life’s most dangerous situations, face suffering years after. This second fact comes directly from the World Trade Center Health Program. The World Trade Center Health Program was started by Mount Sinai Hospital. The program exists to treat and document all 9/11 related illnesses in the people who were working at or living near the Ground Zero area.

“Recent studies, including those authored by Mount Sinai researchers, have documented the persistence of physical and mental health problems experienced by 9/11 responders and volunteers. Some of the problems experienced by responders are: upper and lower respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health conditions, as well as various types of cancer. These studies have reinforced the fact that responders require continuous medical care and long-term follow up.” - Mount Sinai - World Trade Center Health Program

The WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM

Brief History of WTC Health Program in their own words:

“Mount Sinai’s history caring for 9/11 responders began in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Recognizing the serious nature of the environmental exposures at Ground Zero, Mount Sinai physicians, in partnership with experts at regional occupational medicine clinics as well as with affected stakeholder organizations, developed a medical screening program to evaluate the health of 9/11 responders. Medical evaluations began within weeks of September 11th at the Mount Sinai Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The Center, a New York State occupational health center of excellence, had nearly 20 years’ experience examining workers exposed to pollutants such as asbestos, lead, and silica. Today there are four locations which have since been renamed the Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health. In April 2002, Mount Sinai received federal funding to establish the WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, and examinations began in July 2002. A Mount Sinai-led clinical consortium of occupational health experts conducted examinations throughout the tristate area, and a national program was set up for those outside the area. In December 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was enacted, provided funding for five years for monitoring, screening, and treatment services for WTC responders and survivors (community members) at designated Clinical Centers of Excellence. A reauthorization bill was passed in December 2015, extending the WTC Health Program for 75 more years.” - WTC Health Program, Mount Sinai

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THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL

Here’s what The Center For Disease Control (CDC) says about WTC Health Program:

“The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program offers high-quality, compassionate healthcare to those directly affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks. The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the WTC and related sites in New York City, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, and survivors who were in the New York City disaster area. Providing medical monitoring and treatment for emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who helped at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This group is known as Responders. The Program also provides initial screenings and treatment to those who were present on the day of the attacks or who worked, lived, or went to school in the New York City disaster area on September 11th or the months that followed. This group is known as Survivors. The WTC Health Program was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. In 2015, the Program was reauthorized until 2090.” - Center For Disease Control (CDC)


The James Zadroga: 9/11 Health & Compensation Act

America was attacked and people from all over the globe answered “The Call” to help. Unfortunately, responding came with a heavy price. Even though The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 is a U.S. law that exists to provide health monitoring and financial aid to the first responders. The system is far from perfect and still faces threats from funding issues and people falling through the cracks of this government run health system. People are being saddled with huge medical bills that they should be getting compensated for but this often takes years. Due to this fact, members of the WTC program face costly bills while seeking treatment and relief of their very serious health problems. The number of Responders and Civilians who have died since 9/11 is expected to surpass the 2,977 who died on 9/11/2001 very soon.

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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund: Today, victims of 9/11 are facing a daunting reality

Funding for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is due to cease in 2020, leaving thousands of people enduring various 9/11 related challenges to face it alone. John Feal of FealGood Foundation and public figure Jon Stewart have joined forces to advocate for 9/11 victims, even imploring Congress to act before time runs out. Victims of 9/11 need YOUR help to raise awareness for this important issue. Please sign this petition started by FealGood Foundation to U.S. House of Representatives


Big News: Toxic 9/11 Dust linked to cancers…

“Nearly 10k have cancer due to toxic 9/11 dust” - NY POST

The effects of September 11, 2001 persist…

This horrifying fact comes directly from the World Trade Center Health Program and is discussed in multiple sources including The New York Post.

To be exact, WTC Health Program states:

“9,795 first responders, downtown workers, residents, students and others with cancer deemed 9/11-related.” - WTC Health Program Statistics

MORE HEALTH SOURCES:

NEW YORK POST

CDC/WTC Health Program

CNN Article - September 11 Fast Facts

CDC.GOV

CDC/WTC Health Program Statistics

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