Did terrorists kill the Disco Queen Donna Summers?
According to a statement released by her family, Ms. Summer’s cancer “was not related to smoking”…”but any details regarding the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Ms. Summer’s case remain between her family and team of doctors.”
9/11-related tumors are often attributed to asbestos.
Although asbestos can increase the risk of lung cancer, the most common cancer caused by asbestos exposure is cancer of the mesothelium (mesothelioma). The mesothelium is a two-sided tissue that separates the lung from the chest wall and provides a lubricated surface that allows the lung and chest to easily slide against each other during breathing movements.
A number of public figures have died from mesothelioma, they include:
Mesothelioma can occur outside of the chest — like the lungs, your abdominal organs are also surrounded by a lubricating membrane called the peritoneum and Sex Pistol manager Malcolm McLaren died from peritoneal mesothelioma.
Unless Donna Summer had mesothelioma, it’s fairly unlikely that events of 9/11 caused her cancer and untimely death.
For the past 10 years, local and federal agencies, as well as environmental researchers have been assessing the potential health dangers associated with 9/11. The New York City Health Department runs a 9/11 Health Registry to follow those who were in the area on September 11th. This includes first responders,Tower survivors, as well as residential, commercial and building occupants.
According to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services:
Ten years after the terrorist attacks, cancer is still not on the government’s official list of ills caused by exposure to the Twin Towers debris. Experts note that a decade is too short a time period to link a disease like cancer — which can have many causes, both genetic and environmental — to such a specific source as 9/11 toxins.
Findings from the World Trade Center Health Registry, maintained by the New York City Health Department, shows that there are increased lung, gastrointestinal and psychological problems:
Obviously, more studies are needed and surveillance for health problems continues for those enrolled in the Health Registry.
In the meantime, we can at least enjoy uplifting music of Donna Summer: