Saturday 11 September 2010

the future legacy of 9/11

I can hardly believe it's nine years since the collapse of the twin towers in New York - the memory of seeing the tragedy unfold before our eyes on TV is still vivid.  We feel for the friends and families of victims who died on that day.  

However, there will be other victims who are blissfully unaware of what fate holds in store for them in the future. In particular, those brave souls in the rescue teams and the innocent bystanders caught up in the clouds of dust as the buildings collapsed.  

I dread to think how many asbestos fibres were swallowed or inhaled that day, and the future legacy of peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma directly attributable to 9/11, the scale of which will only become evident in the next few decades. I hope so much that a cure will have been found by then, and that significant progress will have been made in the treatment of mesothelioma in the meantime.  

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