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Prostate Cancer Added to Zadroga 9/11 Fund’s Covered Illnesses

New evidence finds responders at increased risk for prostate cancer

The Obama administration announced on July 2 that prostate cancer is being added to the list of cancers covered under the Zadroga 9/11 Fund. In May, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association petitioned the World Trade Center Health Program Administrator to add prostate cancer to the list, citing new evidence of significantly increased rates of prostate cancer in responders. Thanks to the petition’s success, sufferers who were exposed to toxic WTC dust on or in the year after 9/11 are now eligible for free medical care under the World Trade Center Health Program.

Link between WTC exposure and prostate cancer

Prostate cancer — malignant neoplasm of the prostate — was not originally included in the list of the 68 cancers covered by the Zadroga Act, even though elevated levels of prostate cancer were found by earlier New York City Fire Department and the WTC Health Registry studies. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee argued that these studies were skewed by “surveillance bias” — that is, since 9/11 responders were tested more frequently than the general population, the results were based on increased diagnoses, not increased disease.

In a study published in April 2013, epidemiologists reviewed data collected by Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center Health Program from 20,984 responders between 2001 and 2008. Prostate cancer rates were 17 percent higher for responders than for people who were not exposed to Ground Zero toxins. Thyroid and blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma were 15 percent greater than the norm. The study’s authors were particularly alarmed to find these slow-developing cancers appearing so soon after exposure.

Citing the three studies’ results, the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s May 2, 2013 Petition 002 requested that Dr. John Howard, World Trade Center Health Program Administrator, add prostate cancer to the list of WTC-related health conditions. The rule change was published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2013, with a 30-day comment period ending on August 2. Thus, lower Manhattan workers and WTC responders were able to start receiving medical benefits for prostate cancer at the end of August, 2013, at an estimated annual cost to the World Trade Center Health Program of $7 million.

Victims who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, like the other 68 cancers that have been linked to the toxic dust, have two years from the date that their cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program or any other governmental entity.

Barasch & McGarry fights for compensation for 9/11 responders

Barasch & McGarry actively supported the addition of prostate cancer to the list of compensable 9/11 illnesses. If you or someone you love is suffering from prostate cancer following exposure to WTC toxins, we can help you start the process of applying for Zadroga Act benefits and recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or by phone at 888-351-9421 to schedule a free consultation.

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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