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Report: 15 men who were near Ground Zero on 9/11 have breast cancer

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In this Oct. 11, 2001 file photo, firefighters make their way over the ruins of the World Trade Center through clouds of dust and smoke at ground zero in New York.

At least 15 men who were in or around Ground Zero on 9/11 have have been diagnosed with breast cancer, the New York Post reported.

In the U.S., men account for only 1 perecent of all breast cancer cases.

Of the diagnosed, five were 9/11 first responders, including two New York City firefighters, a New York Police Department sergeant, an ironworker and a highway maintenance worker.

The other cases were men who worked for private businesses in the area and one student.

According to the World Trade Center Health program, nearly 10,000 people have been stricken with some form of cancer linked to the toxins in the dust and smoke from the devastation in lower Manhattan.

More than 1,700 responders and others died, including 420 who had cancer, the Post reported.

Matt Rosenberg is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Matt at [email protected] or via Twitter @Matt_Rosenberg.

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