WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The New York Post reported that at least 15 men who were in the Ground Zero vicinity during the 9/11 attack have developed breast cancer.
- Only 1 percent of those who have breast cancers in the United States are male.
- This report has caused alarm over what other health nightmares the 9/11 attack has brought to the country.
Another health nightmare has been discovered after the 9/11 attack after the dust from the collapsed towers spread over the Ground Zero area. At least 15 men who were in the vicinity of Ground Zero were diagnosed with breast cancer.
It is a rare disease for men, accounting for only 1 percent of all breast cancers in the country.
Sixty-five-year-old Jeff Flynn is one of them.
Flynn was working as an account manager for Dell EMC assigned to Goldman Sachs on Maiden Lane when the 9/11 attack happened. His office is near the World Trade Center towers.
Goldman Sachs and other financial services firms needed help to get back up. Flynn spent months around Ground Zero helping the firms.
In 2011, Flynn found a lump in his chest.
“I ignored it for a number of months. I didn’t even know men could get breast cancer,” he said.
But his wife noticed that his left nipple was “inverting” so he got a biopsy. He was shocked when his doctors told him he has Stage 3 breast cancer. Flynn has undergone chemotherapy, radiation treatment and reconstructive surgery following the diagnosis.
“During my mastectomy, surgeons excised 36 lymph nodes and 35 were cancerous,” Flynn shared.
Unfortunately, after 3 years, a new lump was detected on his neck. Flynn’s now Stage 4 breast cancer had reached his lymph nodes. He is now being treated with hormone shots and iBrance, a cancer-fighting drug.
“I do feel like my breast cancer was related to exposure to 9/11 toxins. There’s no history of breast cancer in my family. I spent months breathing that crap in. You can wind up with any cancer from being down there,” Flynn said.
Flynn had to retire early due to his health condition.
According to The New York Post, Flynn received a six-figure award from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, and the World Trade Center Health Program is helping cover the co-pays for his medications.
The Barasch McGarry law firm reported that it has 15 male clients with breast cancer. The firm, which represents 9/11 health cases, said the patients either worked or lived around the World Trade Center.
Five of the 15 victims are 9/11 responders, including two city firefighters, an NYPD sergeant, an ironworker and a highway repairman. The others used to work for private businesses in the Ground Zero area and one was a student downtown at the time.
Almost 10,000 people have been stricken with cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke, according to the World Trade Center Health program.
Over 1,700 people, including first-responders, have died, 420 of them stricken with cancer.
Source: New York Post