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9/11 attacks: Above 25,000 rescuers diagnosed with cancer

ANI  |  London 

More than 25,000 9/11 terrorist attack rescuers have been diagnosed with cancer, reveal reports.

The figures have doubled since the last year as new cases are coming to the fore.

There had been 1,140 cases until last year, reports the Daily Mirror.

According to the Trade Centre Health program, 1,655 had been diagnosed with out of 37,000 police, rescuers and volunteers at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

Many of these people are looking out for compensation to fight their illness.

A retired captain from the New York Fire Department, suffering from lung disease and untreatable pancreatic cancer, was awarded 1.5 million dollars from the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

First Published: Mon, July 28 2014. 12:38 IST