NEW YORK, NY – The impact of September 11 is still felt not only by the families of the victims but also by those who have fallen ill since then.
About 3,000 people died in the attacks, and almost 2,400 more have died from diseases related to September 11 since then.
There are about 50,000 first responders among those whose health is being monitored.
Dr. Michael Crane, director of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mt. Sinai, gave Spectrum News 13 an idea of what kind of conditions medical experts are still looking for.
“Just to put it in perspective, everyone ages, right, and as you get older, even in the normal population, you have a higher risk of things like cancer. That’s true in our population, and the increase we are seeing in cancer is not it’s huge, they are not multiples of risk, but there is a substantial increase in many of the cancers, “Crane said.
The doctor continued: “We are going to see more of that. We are going to see more mental health problems. And we are worried about things like these neurodegenerative follow-up conditions. We are worried about Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive problems, all that.”
El monte The Sinai program is one of several organizations that provides free medical monitoring, treatment, mental health services, and advice to some 24,000 first responders and others who were exposed to toxic dust on the World Trade Center site.