Through the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry, the Health Department published the initial results of ongoing research to help determine if cancer rates are higher among those exposed to the WTC disaster.
The Department is also conducting a broader public awareness campaign about cancer testing, and is working with its clinical partners to offer free cancer screenings. Identifying cancer early in the course of the disease reduces the risk of developing disability from cancer. Department efforts to reduce the rates of smoking among WTC disaster-exposed people also help reduce their risk for developing cancer and other diseases. To find more information about the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and early cancer screening visit the cancer prevention and screening page.