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Last week, World Trade Center Health Program Administrator, Dr. John Howard, finalized the proposed rule in adding prostate cancer to the list of 9/11 related conditions covered under the Zadroga Bill and will take effect on October 21st. There are already over 50 other types of 9/11 related cancers covered under the bill since October, 2012.

A recent study conducted by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) showed that those who were exposed to 9/11 toxins have a 15% higher risk of getting prostate cancer as well as thyroid and blood cancers when compared to others who were not exposed.  The WTCHP has not yet announced the earliest acceptable date of diagnosis for applicants who have prostate cancer. The chart below shows diagnosis dates and minimum latency required for all other covered cancers.

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Even though the addition of prostate cancer will not go into effect until October 21st, it is still very important to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The deadline for registration is October 3, 2013, which is only a few days away.  By registering with the VCF, you are preserving your right to file a future claim for any 9/11 related illness.  According to the latest statistics posted by the  9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, 30,309 people have registered as of September 15, 2013.

If you are not yet enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, it is recommended that you do so.  Not only will you receive free health care for your 9/11 related cancer as well as other 9/11 related illnesses, it is also helpful in your 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Claim. The doctors at the WTCHP specialize in 9/11 related illnesses and the VCF requires that all illnesses are certified by the World Trade Center Health Program through NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) when filing a claim.

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.