Cancer rates triple among New York police officers who responded to 9/11

Cancer rates triple among New York police officers who responded to 9/11

The figures are likely to fuel campaigners who want to include cancers on the list of ailments which qualify Ground Zero workers for compensation.

Under the Zadroga Act, named for Detective James Zadroga who died of a respiratory disease after taking part in the recovery operation, sick 9/11 workers are entitled to health screening and financial benefits.

New York's City Hall has always refused to release cancer rates among the NYPD, saying that the information was private.

The office of Mayor Bloomberg turned down a request for the data from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which is carrying out a study into whether material released at Ground Zero was cancerous.

Frank Tramontao, research director at the PBA, said: "It is our sincere opinion that the City of New York has done nothing to facilitate any cancer study and has been actively working to prevent a comprehensive examination of the issue."

Retired NYPD Officer Edwin Rivera, 55,...
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