World Trade Center - Mesothelioma & Asbestos Exposure

There is no shortage of information on the collapse of the World Trade Center as it relates to asbestos exposure; entering those key words on any Internet search engine will return over 1.6 million results. That much of lower Manhattan was covered in asbestos dust on 11 September 2001 and continues to be a problem to this day is well-known.

The magnitude and level of exposure become apparent when one realizes that perhaps 70% of the 4,000 "first responders" - police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - have developed disabling respiratory problems as a result of that day. Mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos cancer, normally takes anywhere from 20 to 40 years to develop, yet one paramedic who was on the scene is known to have contracted and died of the disease after less than five years.

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