Almost three times more NYPD officers have applied for disability pensions tied to cancer post-September 11, 2011, the New York Post reports, with an average of six per year prior jumping to sixteen. Data from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says 297 cops have been diagnosed with cancer after working at ground zero, and that the average age of the sick officers is just 44. Fifty-six officers have died of cancer since 9/11, according to the PBA, up from reports of 45 just six months ago. While the officers' association claims the city "has done nothing to facilitate any cancer study and has been actively working to prevent a comprehensive examination of the issue," the mayor's officer says its second study on 9/11 and cancer is forthcoming. The results, due before March, will likely inform the federal government's decision about whether cancer will be covered by the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.