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Prostate Cancer Now Covered under Zadroga 9/11 Compensation Act

Sep 20, 2013

Prostate cancer has been added to the list of cancers covered by the federal Zadroga 9/11 law two and a half weeks before the deadline for registering for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

A year ago, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) added about 60 cancers to the list of diseases covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, but prostate cancer was not among them, Newsday reports. The New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association filed a petition in May to add prostate cancer to the list, and on Thursday the final rule adding the cancer was posted in the Federal Register.

October 3 is the deadline to register for the compensation fund, which is open to responders and survivors of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Those who have registered suffer a host of illnesses as a result of exposure to toxic substances during the attack and the cleanup. More than 30,000 people have registered, Newsday reports.

Responders with prostate cancer can now get medical care from the World Trade Center Health Program. John Feal, founder of the advocacy group FealGood Foundation, calls this “a huge victory” for those with prostate cancer. Feal thinks pancreatic cancer and some heart ailments should also be added to the list, according to Newsday.

Dr. John Howard, NIOSH director and administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, said several new studies prompted the addition of prostate cancer to the list. A study of 25,000 responders found a 21 percent greater-than-expected incidence of prostate cancer.

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