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Learn all we can about 9/11′s health consequences

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The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that led to the destruction of the World Trade Center and the loss of thousands of lives was an environmental disaster with long-lasting consequences. The dust and toxins that dispersed into the air and covered lower Manhattan set into motion a health crisis that will only accelerate in the coming decades — the delayed onset of a cancer diagnosis. For many trade center responders and survivors, it could be a diagnosis of rare cancer. Any cancer diagnosis is a scary and life-altering event. A rare cancer diagnosis comes with limited research on treatment options and poor outcomes.

I am the widow of a trade center survivor, who was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile duct, in 2015. Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare cancer that is silent, deadly and on the rise. Most cholangiocarcinoma patients are diagnosed after their cancer is advanced and they have limited treatment options, none of which are curative. Surveillance is the best tool to identify patients when cholangiocarcinoma first develops, which means there needs to be greater awareness of the disease and the potential risk that trade center responders and survivors may face. The data on trade center........

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