Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. As a nation, we reflect on the lives lost and all of those affected by the events of that day.
A huge part of the tragedy is that we will continue to see the deadly effects of the attacks into the future. Those present on September 11 were likely to have been exposed to toxic debris, including asbestos fibers.
Those present at the collapse of the World Trade Center are at serious risk for developing asbestos-related and other autoimmune diseases in their lifetime. The two buildings were constructed with an estimated 400 tons of asbestos, much of which dispersed into the air in lower Manhattan when the tragic events took place. In the weeks and months that followed, those who worked to clean up the damage in the area would be exposed to the dangerous carcinogen, as well.
The symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can take years or decades to appear, and workers are continuing to be diagnosed with respiratory illnesses as a result of exposure. If you or a loved one fears they will develop an asbestos-related disease, do not hesitate to alert your doctor to any past exposure. They will be able to accurately monitor your health for symptoms.
The victims of the September 11 attacks are in our thoughts.