The number of cancer patients has rapidly risen since the federal program started tracking the disease in 2013

Almost 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to the toxic dust and smoke resulting from the 9/11 terrorists attacks

The numbers have continued to grow exponentially since the program at Mount Sinai Hospital began in 2013.

Inhaling particles from the leaked jet fuel, asbestos, cement dust and glass shards after the destruction of the World Trade Center, led to cancer proliferation among at least 9,795 first responders and others, the federal World Trade Center Health Program revealed to the New York Post.

RT reports: In 2015 the number of 9/11 cancer-linked patients stood at 3,204 while the next year it jumped to 8,188.

We get these referrals 15 to 20 times a week,” said Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the WTC Health Program, noting that 17 years following the tragedy older people tend to turn for medical help more often. “In an aging population, you’re going to see a rising cancer rate, no matter what.”

Since the tragedy, more than 1,700 affected persons have died, including 420 of those stricken with cancer, officials told the publication. First responders tend to suffer from thyroid cancer and skin melanoma and also face a higher risk of bladder cancer. The rest of New Yorkers exposed to toxic dust exhibit higher-than-normal rates of breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Leukemia and other blood-cell disorders have also been noted to be on the rise, Crane said.

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