National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced that all recommended cancers will be added to the list of covered illnesses eligible for compensation under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act’s 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, fully adopted the committee’s recommendation that 14 broad categories of cancer, encompassing 50 specific types, should be deemed as World Trade Center related. Among the cancers approved are some of the most common, including lung, breast, colon, trachea, esophageal, kidney, bladder, skin, thyroid, blood and bone marrow cancers.
This decision will allow not only First-Responders but also volunteers, residents, schoolchildren and passers-by to receive compensation and treatment for cancers developed in the aftermath of the attack.
The cancers will not officially be added to the list until after a period of public comment lasting several months.