Report: At least 65 police officers who worked at Ground Zero died of cancer.

Image: Image taken by NOAA's Cessna Citation Jet on Sept.…

Image: Image taken by NOAA’s Cessna Citation Jet on Sept. 23, 2001 from an altitude of 3,300 feet using a Leica/LH systems RC30 camera. NOAA/Wikipedia

At least 65 police officers who attended Ground Zero have died of cancer since 9/11, statistics showed.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) released the figure at a Sunday briefing featuring ailing cops who worked at Ground Zero. The announcement will turn up pressure on New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to release cancer data to the federal government for expanded medical coverage, PBA officials said.

A decision will come in March whether to include cancer in a list of ailments caused by 9/11 and covered by the Zadroga Act — named after an NYPD officer whose death was attributed to toxic chemicals at Ground Zero.

Source: New York Post via Fox News.

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  • Jeff

    So out of the 91,000 responders, only 65 have died of cancer? The death rate from cancer in the US is about 2%… This is less than 1% of the responders who were present, meaning relative to the rest of the population of the US the heroes of 9/11 are less likely to die from cancer.

    I want to see their families helped out, but statistically its hard to see a direct cause and effect relationship. All 65 would have to have been outside the statistical likelyhood of cancer for this to be attributable.