Five years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a New York City police detective died of respiratory failure caused by exposure to toxic chemical fumes at Ground Zero. Tragically, an unknown number of others who lived near or responded to the emergencies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, have also died from toxic exposure.
It was recently announced that mesothelioma and 49 other cancers have been added to the list of conditions that are covered by the federal government's 9/11 compensation fund.
Fans of Donna Summer were saddened this week by the announcement of the singer's death at the age of 63. Although few details have been officially released, cancer is believed to have been the cause of Summer's untimely death, with reports indicating that Summer had been privately battling the disease for some time.
The insurance company that covered the initial construction of the World Trade Center has filed a claim in New York County Court, stating that it has already exceeded the policy's limit of $10 million for asbestos claims and asking the court to relieve it of any future liability on such claims. The company has also asked the court to recoup previously made asbestos claim payments that exceeded that limit.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., there is much reflection taking place throughout the country on the day, the attacks, and their aftermath. According to a recently released study, researchers have uncovered yet another unfortunate result of the 9/11 attacks: an increase in mesothelioma cancers and similar diseases in those who performed rescue and recovery in the minutes and months following the attack.