Last week the World Trade Center Health Program announced that four different cancers will be added to the list of conditions covered under the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. The cancers to be added are; Pancreas, Cervix Uteri, Testicular and Brain. These conditions are expected to take effect for coverage by end of April, 2014.
The decision to amend the list of cancers under the World Trade Center Health Program makes it evident that there is a clear link from 9/11 toxin and debris exposure to over 60 types of cancer. With the addition of these four cancers, many first responders, volunteers and survivors will be able to get the free cancer care they deserve under the World Trade Center Health Program. It is expected that Special Master Sheila Birnbaum of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will follow suit to allow these cancers to be covered for monetary compensation as she has done previously with all other cancers deemed 9/11 related by the World Trade Center Health Program and NIOSH.
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The proposed ruling also clarifies the definition of “childhood cancer” and “rare cancers” as covered conditions. Childhood cancer refers to cancers that are dignosed in a person that is under 20 years of age. Rare cancer will be defined as “ any cancer that has an incidence rate of less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year.”
If you were a responder, volunteer or survivor of the 9/11 attacks and have been diagnosed with any of the cancers that have now been added, it is extremely important that you register immediately with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program to have your condtions certified as 9/11 related.
If you would like to make a comment in support of the ruling, you can mail to: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinatti, OH 45226 or submit your comment online. Should you have any questions about 9/11 cancers or need help filing your VCF claim, please feel free to call, click the chat button or contact us at the top of this page.
Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen and Partners contributed to the writing of this post.