Study: Cancer risk higher for Ground Zero firefighters

LEVITTOWN - A new study released by the FDNY has found that firefighters who worked at Ground Zero are more likely to develop cancer than those who were not there.

The study comes as no surprise to former FDNY firefighter Kenny Specht, of Levittown, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2007 after spending time in the smoking rubble of Ground Zero.

The study contradicts the findings in a national report released in July that concluded there's not enough evidence to link the toxins at Ground Zero to cancer rates among first responders. That report was cited in a decision not to include cancer among the conditions covered under the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

John Feal, of the Fealgood Foundation, says the FDNY study shows cancer should be covered in the Zadroga act. He says he'll lobby lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to make the change.

"The onus is not on us to prove we got sick from 9/11," he says. "The onus is on them to prove 9/11 didn't get us sick. They failed."

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