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22 years later, some 9/11 victims are battling illnesses caused by that day

Thousands of 9/11 survivors have succumbed to illnesses stemming from the debris and carcinogens that permeated the air after two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, and many others are plagued by sickness.

The majority of all the diseases that are causing death today are cancer, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund covers 69 separate types of cancer, everything from prostate cancer to breast cancer to lymphoma,” leading 9/11 attorney Troy Rosasco told Fox News Digital.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not talking to a 9/11 family that has a loved one who’s actually in the midst of dying,” he said.

Respiratory problems like asthma and chronic bronchitis, various cancers, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions and musculoskeletal problems are the most prevalent health issues reported among responders and survivors.

“And people on the streets were panicking — he locked the doors — and they were banging on the doors in the windows and trying to get in, and it was like snow all over the place. But it wasn’t snow, it was ash, but it was thick and heavy like snow, and it was a bizarre moment, something you’ll never forget.”

While the battle continues for those who are physically suffering since 9/11, Rosasco said he has represented more than 200 clients who have died as a result of 9/11-related diseases.

About 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks and an estimated 4,000 more have died by fatal illnesses caused in the aftermath of the destruction, according to Rosasco.

“And that number is only growing,” he said.

Over the weekend, officials successfully used advanced DNA technology to identify the remains of two more 9/11 victims.

However, more than 1,000 human remains remain unidentified.

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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