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According to a new study, the cancer rate among NYPD cops have increased five-fold since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The study was conducted by the New York Police Department’s Chief Surgeon, Dr. Eli Kleinman and the Cornell Weill Medical center. The study analyzed cancer rates among 34,000 retired and current NYPD police officers from 1995 to 2011.

The study revealed that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, thyroid cancer cases among NYPD cops in particular, had increased 10 times and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma showed and increase of 3 1/2 times. Overall, 57 NYPD Police Officers have died of 9/11 related cancers and 500 have been diagnosed with the disease. The full details of the study have not yet been published.

NYPD and other officials are advising officers to watch their health if they were part of the recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Whether you were a police officer, firefighter or anyone who was exposed to Ground Zero dust and debris, you should enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP).  The WTCHP doctors specialize in 9/11 related cancers and other illnesses. Even if you are not sick, the WTCHP offers free health care and monitoring.

Enrolling in the World Trade Center Health Program can also be a benefit should you plan to file a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim in the future for a diagnosed 9/11 related cancer. Although the registration deadline for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has expired, there are still instances where you are still able to register and file a claim. Click here for more details on VCF registrations after October 3, 2013.

For more information about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and how you can get free health care and compensation under the Zadroga Bill, feel free to call, click the chat button or request to be contacted at the top of this page.

Angela Luongo, a Paralegal with Turley, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.