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2,753 people died at Ground Zero on 9/11 eighteen years ago.

The attack also exposed hundreds of thousands to asbestos, dust and poisonous gases.

51,000 people are feared to have since developed related illnesses.

51,000 people are feared to have developed illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks, many of them first responders like firefighters and police.

Those illnesses include:
- Cancer
- Traumatic injury
- Breathing problems
- Depression or anxiety

The 9/11 attacks are linked to over 60 types of cancer.

Over 8,800 first responders have developed cancer since the attacks, says the CDC.

600 have died from them.

Over 11,000 first responders have developed mental health problems since 9/11.

At least 51 first responders have died by suicide since the attack, according to researchers.

Lawmakers are paying tribute to 9/11 victims and the first responders who risked their lives during the attacks:

New Zealand firefighters performed Haka to honor first responders who died in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on #September11.
First responders on the ground on 9/11 were most at risk of developing cancer and other diseases, say studies.

Over 1,600 of them have died since the attack, including 200 firefighters.

51,000 people have applied for compensation from a fund for people with 9/11-related illnesses. Less than half of them have gotten it.

The $7.4B compensation fund was almost out of money until Congress extended it this year.

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund almost ran out of money this year until testimony from people like Jon Stewart spurred Congress into action. It has since been renewed until 2092.

Luis Alvarez spent months searching for 9/11 victims at Ground Zero. After asking Congress to extend compensation for other first responders, he died from cancer linked to the attack:

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