The brave men and women who helped save lives during the September 11th attacks in 2001 may be at risk of contracting a serious disease.

FOX’s Karlie Pouliot reports in today’s “Housecall for Health”:

As we approach 10 years since 9/11, a new study has found that firefighters who were exposed to toxic dust at Ground Zero have a 19% higher risk of getting cancer of all kinds, compared to colleagues who were not exposed.

It’s the first study of its kind to look at cancer rates among all of the exposed firefighters. ┬áThe findings may help pave the way for federal benefits for rescue workers now suffering from cancer. ┬áThe study is published in the Lancet Medical Journal.

Housecall for Health, I’m Karlie Pouliot, FOX News Radio.