NIOSH Adds Cancer to Recognized Health Effects Related to 911 Attacks


If you or a loved one worked as a first responder you need to be aware the the new rule which now recognizes cancer as related to exposure to toxic dust at ground zero. You may not be eligible for medical benefits and eventually compensation. You need to register now. Please see the NIOSH notice below.


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World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (WTC-STAC)

Statement from WTC Program Administrator John Howard, M.D.

WTC Final Rule Statement

As Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program, I would like to thank the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), the researchers and practitioners who have contributed greatly to the knowledge base on this issue, and the members of the 9/11 community who provided their input on this final rule, which adds certain types of cancers to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions.

The publication of this final rule marks an important step in the effort to provide needed treatment and care to 9/11 responders and survivors through the WTC Health Program. The original List of WTC-Related Health Conditions that was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 did not include cancers, but allowed for the opportunity to add other health conditions over time. We received a petition to consider adding cancer from the New York Congressional Delegation. This petition was shared with the STAC to provide their expertise and recommendation on the question of adding types of cancer to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions. The WTC STAC's final recommendation became the basis for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was published in June 2012.

The final rule adds to the list of WTC-related health conditions each of the types of cancer proposed in the June 2012 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. This addition becomes effective 30-days after it is published in the Federal Register. At that time, WTC Health Program members may begin the process of certifying their cancers as WTC-related health conditions. Non-members who may be eligible can find information about applying to the WTC Health Program through its web page.

Current members of the WTC Health Program should contact their current Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) to begin the certification process. If you do not know which CCE you attend, please contact our call center at 1-888-982-4748.

If you are not currently enrolled in the WTC Health Program and believe you may be eligible for the Program, please visit our website for information about the application process, You can also contact our call center at 1-888-982-4748 for information on how to apply.

Federal Register display of the final rule:
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Frequently Asked Questions: Cancer

What cancers has the Administrator added to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions eligible for coverage in the WTC Health Program as result of the Final Rule?

What cancers did the STAC recommend that were not added to the List?

Why did the Administrator publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adding certain cancers to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions?

What is the process for adding new conditions to the current List of WTC-Related Health Conditions?

Will the WTC Program Administrator be considering whether or not to add other conditions to the list?

When can a WTC Health Program member begin the process of certification of their cancer?

How soon after my cancer is certified will I actually expect to begin treatment? 3mos. 6.mos, a year?

Does this mean that the Victim's Compensation Fund (VCF) will be adding cancer to their list?

What should I do if I'm not a member of the WTC Health Program, but believe I may be eligible?