Lung Diseases Up Among 9-11 Rescue Workers

People living and working in New York on that fateful day when the Twin Towers came down are becoming ill in growing numbers. World Trade first responders and others are developing chronic coughs, lung diseases and now other cancers caused by breathing the toxic mix of asbestos, dioxine, benezine, and other carcinogens released at and around the site.

ultimately some are likely to develop mesothelioma-a disease specifically related to exposure to asbestos. And some who were there will also begin to develop potentially lethal blood clots. Patients with cancer of all types tend to have a considerably higher risk of blood clotting then the general population. Because of its severity as a disease, scientists decided to try to find out whether patients with mesothelioma also follow that trend.

In a small study in the state of New Mexico the rate of dangerous (thromboembolism) among mesothelioma patients was considerably higher-close to double the rate-among other cancer patients. This is in addition another way this disease can kill or disable its victims. If you know someone who may be at risk for mesothelioma, be sure to let them know they should talk to their doctor about the advisability of taking blood thinners (anticoagulants).

There are similarities between the victims of the Towers tragedy and those who’ve developed mesothelioma as a consequence of manufacturers who failed to provide adequate warnings and protective clothing and equipment for people working around asbestos. The difference is there will be a far larger public outcry when the consequences to rescue workers at the 9/11 disaster become shared knowledge. When you’ve been the victim of such failures in the private sector, you have to look harder to find a voice on your behalf.

Be sure to find a doctor who understands the need to keep an open mind about diagnosing and treating mesothelioma. And if you’ve been diagnosed, please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about your right to file a lawsuit for compensation or other damages for being exposed to asbestos at work. Mesothelioma is a killer disease and you and your family deserve to understand your legal rights.

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