Burzynski Clinic Concerned about Rise in 9/11 Cancers
Burzynski Clinic doctors report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that over 1,100 people who lived or worked near the World Trade Center on 9/11 have since been diagnosed with some form of cancer. Reggie Hilaire is one of them. Hilaire was a police officer on September 11, 2001. For 11 days, he worked alongside colleagues at ground zero, and like many of them, Hilaire was not wearing a mask. Later he worked at a Staten Island landfill near discarded debris from the World Trade Center. This all added up to Hilaire being surrounded by dust for a total of about 2 months. In 2005, Hilaire found out that he had thyroid cancer. He underwent radiation therapy and surgery, but just a few months later, he learned that he also had multiple myeloma, a dangerous blood malignancy. Multiple myeloma typically affects much older people, explains Burzynski Clinic representatives. Hilaire was only 34 at the time.
Burzynski Clinic staff is pleased to hear that the CDC contacted Hilaire a few months ago to offer him medical insurance under the World Trade Center Health Program. He is one of about 1,140 people to receive cancer treatment under the program. Since the WTC Health Program began, these are the first statistics revealed indicating the spread of cancer after the attack. In September 2012, federal health officials expanded the program to extend treatment for 58 different types of cancer to people exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center site in the days and weeks following the 9/11 attacks.
Earlier, the administrator of the WTC Health Program had said that there was inadequate evidence that linked 9/11 toxin exposure to cancer, and that the program would not cover cancer treatments. In light of new information that the dust that covered the site contained known carcinogenic compounds, however, the WTC Health Program responded by studying the possible link and ultimately deciding to cover many cancer treatments.
Suspected agents present in and around the 9/11 site included asbestos and benzene, which is a component of jet fuel. Both of these chemicals have long been known to researchers to have cancer-causing properties. There was also concern over gases and particles, which inhaled by rescue workers, other responders, and nearby workers and residents.
Early Cancer Treatment Important to Prognosis, Says Burzynski Clinic
Estimated costs of between $14.5 million and $33 million to cover 9/11-related cancer treatments have some officials worried that the decision to treat all of those whose cancer may be related to 9/11 was made too soon. It’s hard to say whether someone got cancer while working at the 9/11 site or whether it was simply a coincidence – it’s possible in each case that the person may have gotten cancer either way. Many cancers are caused by an individual’s genes, explain the experts at Burzynski Clinic, although it is true that even in cases of cancer-causing genes being present, an environmental catalyst (like asbestos at the site of the 9/11 attacks) can activate cancers that may or may not have ever shown up at all.
One of the problems inherent in studying cancer is that there is typically a long lag time between exposure to a carcinogenic agent and the onset of cancer, explained a Burzynski Clinic spokesperson. Cancer does not develop immediately after exposure to toxic elements. Leukemia, for example, can take five years or more to develop, and solid tumors can take 10 to 20 years.
A study of firefighters finally persuaded officials to include cancer treatments in the WTC Health Program. The study showed a 19% increase in the development of cancer in firefighters who worked at ground zero. This 2011 study showed that the increase occurred mostly during the first seven years following 9/11. Increases in a few particular cancers, including gastro-esophageal cancers and blood cancers – were seen most often. Researchers theorize that that unique properties of the dust at ground zero such as the sheer volume of carcinogenic compounds found within it may have contributed to the acceleration of cancer formation.
Hilaire and other 9/11 workers say that while they are grateful for the assistance, it’s really the recognition that mattered the most when the WTC Health Program informed them that their cancer treatments would be covered. The program will be particularly helpful to those without health insurance who have been diagnosed with cancer in the years since the attacks. The number of people who get 9/11-related cancers may continue to rise, point out Burzynski Clinic doctors, because of the delayed-onset nature of many cancers.
The coverage of cancer treatments by the WTC Health Program is good news for the many who lived or worked near the area in 2001. If you are one of these people and you have a cancer diagnosis, you should look into available program information to determine your eligibility for treatment coverage. Early, aggressive, and sometimes innovative treatments can make all the difference in your prognosis, according to Burzynski Clinic health care professionals.
The Burzynski Clinic is a Houston, Texas cancer treatment center that was founded in 1977. The clinic uses personalized cancer therapies that treat the genes that cause cancer rather than just the affected organ. Specific treatment plans are created to treat patients based on individual genetic abnormalities, which have been the focus of their research for over a decade.
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