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New York Post

Cancer surge hits hero cops

By SUSAN EDELMAN

August 7, 2011

Cancer has struck 263 NYPD cops who worked at Ground Zero — and killed 45, police-union officials told The Post.

The Police Pension Fund has approved 119 line-of-duty disability retirements for WTC-related cancers to date, and dozens more have applied.

The most common types include lung, colon, pancreatic, leukemia and other blood-cell cancers, records show.

A recent report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, concluded that "insufficient evidence exists at this time" to justify compensating 9/11 responders with cancer under the $2.7 billion Zadroga Health and Compensation law. The report did not cite any data on post 9/11 cancer in the NYPD. But the union's registry of cancer-stricken cops continues to climb, said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

"It's a national disgrace that 10 years following 9/11 and after hundreds of millions of dollars in targeted federal funds, scientific authorities have still been unable to gather the data that we indisputably know exists, and conduct the studies to find the link between 9/11 and the often unusual and devastating cancer illnesses that New York City police officers are suffering," Lynch said.

The FDNY's chief medical officer, Dr. David Prezant, has found a rise in firefighter cancers post-9/11, and unusual increases in six types: leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, esophageal, prostate and thyroid, sources told The Post. His study is set to be published in the medical journal Lancet in September – and not yet considered by NIOSH.