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Debris covers the Vesey Street entrance to the Cortland Street stop of the #1 and #9 subway lines under the World Trade Center, in this undated photo made available in New York, Friday Sept. 28, 2001. (AP Photo/New York City Transit)

Doctors say sickness caused by 9/11 debris may kill more people than the initial attacks

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There is going to be a new generation of widows and widowers.
Dr. Jim Melius, New York State Laborers Union

Almost 3,000 people were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. But sicknesses that resulted from the attacks may soon claim even more lives.

The Guardian reports at least 1,100 people have died as a result of illnesses contracted by exposure to toxic dust and ash at Ground Zero. More than 37,000 people have been officially listed as sick as a result of the attacks.

I'm very sorry that people are dying and if the EPA and I in any way contributed to that, I'm sorry.
Christine Whitman, former head of EPA

Groups like 911 Health Watch have called for a separate monument to those killed by diseases brought on by the attacks.

Former EPA head Christine Whitman said shortly after the attacks that the air was safe. She told The Guardian recently that she was wrong

The diseases arose from "the pile,"  debris containing asbestos, lead, poisonous gases, oil and other substances.

According to the World Trade Center Health Program, at least 37,000 people suffer from respiratory or digestive illnesses or cancer as a result of the attacks. Gale Brewer, WTCHP Manhattan borough president, said the death toll from disease would soon eclipse the attacks' count.

It's such an unprecedented disaster. It's mind-boggling to think not just about the day but about the ripple effect on people's health.
Christy Spring, WTCHP spokeswoman

There are no confirmed plans for a monument at the 9/11 site, but Brewer said Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "Sounds good" when she described the plan to him. 

Should there be a separate monument for victims of 9/11-based disease?

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Above is the scene from a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attacks in New York City. 

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