A father of two said he was diagnosed with breast cancer after inhaling the toxic dust and fumes from Ground Zero.
Jeff Flynn, from East Meadow, New York, worked for the data storage company Dell EMC in the Goldman Sachs building when the 9/11 attacks took place.
He then worked in Lower Manhattan for six months and walked past the clean-up location of the World Trade Center every day.
Ten years later, in 2011, Flynn felt a lump in his chest – and was shocked to discover that he had stage III breast cancer, CBS 2 New York reported.
The 66-year-old was even more surprised to hear that it probably originated from the months he inhaled soot, ash and dust in the financial district of Manhattan.
Jeff Flynn, 66 (photo), from East Meadow, New York, worked on 9/11 and six months thereafter with Goldman Sachs at the World Trade Center
In 2011 he felt a lump in his chest and, at the insistence of his wife, he went to the doctor, where he was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Pictured: Flynn, right, with his wife, Maureen, years ago
& # 39; I actually felt in my chest a while earlier, & # 39; Flynn told CBS 2 New York. & # 39; I remember blushing so much that my life just changed immediately. & # 39;
At his wife's insistence, Flynn went to his doctor to be tested and was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.
Breast cancer also occurs in men, but the incidence is less than one percent.
It is estimated that more than 2,600 men will be diagnosed in 2019 and around 500 men will die.
According to PIX 11 NewsFlynn underwent a double breast amputation – whereby both breasts are removed – chemotherapy and radiation.
He is currently one of the 37 men who were diagnosed with breast cancer who are believed to be associated with 9/11.
Lawyer Michael Barasch represents those men and 15,000 others who became ill as a result of the attacks.
& # 39; The survivors, the non-responders, inhaled the same toxic substance so that they get the same cancers, & # 39; he said to CBS 2, New York said.
It took years for scientists to document – and for the government to recognize – how much sustainable damage the pollutants caused in the air.
Flynn (photo) is now cancer free and is one of the 37 men diagnosed with 9/11 breast cancer
By the 20th anniversary of the 2021 attacks, the death toll is expected to be higher than 9/11 related illnesses than those who died at the World Trade Center site. Pictured: Fire and rescue workers search the rubble on September 13
An estimated 400,000 people, both first responders and witnesses, have inhaled pulverized building materials, electronic equipment and furniture.
According to the Seattle Times, by the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in 2021, more people are expected to die from 9/11-related diseases than the 2,700 who died in the Twin Towers that day.
Today, Flynn is cancer-free and says he wants to encourage other men, especially those who lived or worked near Ground Zero, to get tested if they feel a lump.
& # 39; I didn't even know men could get (breast cancer). It was a rude awakening for me, & he told CBS 2 New York. & # 39; I really thought I would pass and I am very happy that I am still standing. & # 39;
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