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A man with an unpronounceable name held up the jar of ten year-old dust on TV this morning. It was collected from ground zero and is believed to be the cause of emerging cancers in the first responders to the 9/11 attack (studies show these firefighters have anywhere from a 19% - 32% increased cancer risk, depending on which study you read).
In that dust are many things - jet fuel, cement, mercury, lead, hydrocarbons, biphenyls, dioxins, asbestos, crushed fluorescent light bulbs. The fine gray powder is also thought to be responsible for GI problems, asthma, and various cancers. The leader of the FealGood Foundation, an advocacy group seeking medical coverage and compensation for 9/11 related cancers, says he's been to fifty-four friend's funerals in this past decade, fifty-two due to cancer.
The Zadroga 9/11 Health & compensation Act signed into law by President Obama in January provides financial assistance to rescue workers to help cover healthcare costs, but it does not cover cancer; the federal analysis decided there was not enough evidence showing 9/11 increased cancer risk.