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Many first-responders and others who worked for weeks and months at Ground Zero and debris sites after September 11 have experienced a range of serious health problems. They include lung disease, asthma, and gastroesophageal disease as well as a variety of cancers. In addition, responders have also experienced ongoing mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

The Queens World Trade Center Health Program, operated by LIJ Medical Center, is one of seven clinical centers of excellence in the New York/New Jersey area that provide medical monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment of WTC-related health conditions.

The federal funding that the Queens World Trade Center Health Program receives guarantees that LIJ Medical Center and its network of healthcare professionals will be able to continue to provide high-quality medical care and mental health services to WTC responders for the next several years, without interruption, as well as increased access to critical healthcare services. The program is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, contact the Queens World Trade Center Health Program at 718-267-2420; the CDC/NIOSH WTC Health Program at (888)-982-4748; or visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/wtc/.

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