Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
Local lawmakers said federal overseers of the September 11 health program should add cancer to the list of illnesses that qualify people for victims compensation.
A report in July said there’s not enough evidence linking cancer to World Trade Center dust. But, the co-authors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Act believe the government should reverse the July ruling, based on the latest evidence.
But the reports in last week’s Lancet weren’t so clear-cut: one study found that firefighters who worked at Ground Zero were 19 percent more likely than other firefighters to get cancer — but only 10 percent more likely than the general population. And rates of lung cancer were actually lower than the general population.
Another study found that, overall, the death rate was lower among responders, residents and other groups exposed to 9/11 dust than the general New York City population. Researchers said that may be because this group was healthier to begin with than others local groups.