Four more cancers are now covered for treatment under the Zadroga Act effective immediately. The cancers now included are brain cancer, cervical cancer, pancreatic cancer and testicular cancer. The official announcement was made on April 21st after a proposed rule was issued on February 18th by the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program and Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).
If you were a first responder, survivor, area worker or resident who was diagnosed with any of the newly listed cancers, you may be entitled to free care and treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program. In addition, you may also be eligible for monetary compensation under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
If you have been diagnosed with any 9/11 related cancer or illness, it is important to register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund as soon as possible to reserve your right to file a future claim. Specific registration deadline dates apply for different circumstances. For more information about registration deadline dates and which ones apply to you, click here.
It is also important to make sure that if you plan on applying to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, that your illnesses have been certified by the World Trade Center Health Program. Certification is an eligibility requirement of the VCF.
Although Special Master Sheila Birnbaum of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has not officially made an announcement to add the new cancers to the list of eligible conditions, it is expected that she will move forward and include them for compensation as she most recently has with prostate cancer.
There are now over 65 different types of cancers that are recognized as 9/11 related. Last week, Newsday reported on the subject and wrote, "a study of 55,778 responders and residents published in the Journal of the Amercian Medical Association in December 2012 found an increased risk of cancer just among the responders and only for prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, and myeloma compared with the general population." They also noted that researchers recommend that the study should be viewed as short-term because cancers can take decades to develop after expsosure to toxins. For example, according to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund latency guideline, mesothelioma can take up to 11 years after toxic exposure to surface.
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 Turely, Hansen & Partners contributed to the writing of this post.