The U.S. Government said that there is no proof that exposure to dust and rubble from the September 11 attacks caused cancer. Needless to say, the review fueled rage in many firefighters, police, and first responders said that the claim is bizarre and unsubstantiated and that they have seen too many people die from cancer to buy it.
Needless to say, emotional conflict has been gaining momentum between first responders and the scientists behind the study. Founder of the Feal Good Foundation John Feal , a man who developed serious respiratory problems after 9/11 told CNN, "I don't need someone with 12 years of college to tell me there's no evidence... The people that have passed away is enough proof already. We've had ten years of people getting sicker and dying. I don't need scientific research. The numbers are staggering. It's alarming and they know that. Dr. Howard knows that."
Dr. John Howard, who heads the U.S. Government's World Trade Center Heath Program, said Tuesday in a review, "Insufficient evidence exists at this time to propose a rule to add cancer, or a certain type of cancer, to the list of WTC-related health conditions."
"It is important to point out that the current absence of published scientific and medical findings demonstrating a causal association between the exposures resulting from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the occurrence of cancer in responders and survivors does not indicate evidence of the absence of a causal association," he wrote.
His findings will act as a catalyst for denying cancer treatment coverage by health care legislation signed this year and thousands of first responders struggling with various illnesses will be unable to pay for medical care.
U.S. Lawmakers Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King said in a statement that "The collapse of the Trade Center towers released a cloud of poisons, including carcinogens, throughout lower Manhattan and we fully expect that cancers will be covered under our legislation."
"This is disappointing news for 9/11 responders and survivors who tragically have been diagnosed with cancer since the attacks and are suffering day-to-day and awaiting help," the statement said.