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Report: Cancer cases among 9/11 responders increasing

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Reports indicate cancer cases plague a growing number of 9/11 first responders and rescuers. (Source: CNN) Reports indicate cancer cases plague a growing number of 9/11 first responders and rescuers. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Cancer is plaguing a growing number of Ground Zero first responders and rescuers.

The New York Post reports the number of cancer cases in this group has doubled since last year.

There are now nearly 2,500 certified cases of cancer among the more than 37,000 World Trade Center workers and rescuers who have been screened.

But cancer researchers warn against drawing any significant conclusion from the increase. A doctor with the American Cancer Society says cancer rates go up as people and age and firefighters tend to have higher cancer rates in general.

A World Trade Center health program provides care and monitoring for those affected.

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