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FGF statement about NYC Dept of Health comments at Council

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: FGF statement about NYC Dept of Health comments at Council
From Feb 01, 2012 to Feb 03, 2012 (included)
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Dear Friends, Supporters and Fellow First Responders:

As many of you are aware, the New York City Council held a hearing yesterday on what actions the City of New York has taken to advocate for federal recognition of certain cancers as 9/11 related. At such hearing Dr. Carolyn Greene of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reportedly testified that a city report on cancer is still years from being released and that the Dept. of Health lacks the financial resources to conduct research and issue its report.

The city says that the report was erroneous. According to the city of NY In her testimony, Dr. Greene explicitly stated that the federal government had awarded grants for cancer research to 2 WTC Centers of Excellence under the Zadroga Act, and in the Q&A that followed, she informed Council members that submission of the WTC Health Registry's cancer research was imminent. The journalist misreported her answer to a question about treatment efficacy research which, to date, has not been funded.

If that is the case and I am happy to hear that the City says they have been funded, then my question is where is their cancer study ?

The City of New York has been provided significant financial resources by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to conduct independent research and issue a cancer report. In fact, the city has compiled substantial data on the prevalence of cancer among First Responders . Now, over ten years after 9/11, and as First Responders are dying at alarming rates, the city must issue its findings and opinions on the causal relationship between certain cancers and the toxic exposures endured at the WTC Site. As each day passes and the city fails to put out such report, it fails the 9/11 First Responder Community.

The FealGood Foundation is asking for the immediate release of the citys cancer study, or at the very least, the results of all studies and research conducted to date. If Dr. Greenes testimony is being inaccurately portrayed in media reports, this request should be easily fulfilled.

As the FGF has long advocated, certain cancers should be immediately added for medical treatment and compensation under the Zadroga Act. 9/11 cancer victims spend thousands of dollars for medical treatment and face serious economic hardship as a result, with some facing financial disaster. The 9/11 First Responder Community simply cannot allow any institution or municipality to sit on much needed information any longer.

We heard a lot on Monday, of what they have done since 9/11 to assist those effected by the aftermath of 9/11. But what we have not heard, is when are they are going to publish a study on cancers.

We ask that all First Responders contact the City Council and ask that the Council demand that the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene immediately publish their studys results.

The FealGood Foundation
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