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Cancer Expected to Finally Be Covered Under 9/11 Fund

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is expected to add 50 types of cancer to the list of 9/11-related ailments covered by the Zadroga Fund.

The federal government is finally expected this week to add cancer to the list of illnesses covered by a 9/11 compensation fund, says the New York Post.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is likely to add 50 types of cancer to be according to lawyers Michael Barasch and Noah Kushlefsky.

The Zadroga Act, passed almost two years ago, originally did not cover cancer because it was .

“There’s new scientific evidence,” Barasch said, “that dust is what is now linked to not only the respiratory illnesses, but all these cancers.”

“It’s a bittersweet thing,” John Walcott, an NYPD detective diagnosed with leukemia after working at Ground Zero, told the paper. “It took 11 years to do what should have been done a long time ago.”

According to the Post, recent estimates show that about 400 responders and residents have died from cancer since 9/11.

In May, at SUNY Downstate Medical Center for non-FDNY responders, which has the means to serve 3,000 Brooklyn residents who suffer from mental and physical ailments related to exposures at Ground Zero.

The Victim Compensation Fund’s special master, Sheila Birnbaum, said she doesn’t expect the cancer announcement to correlate to more money directed at the fund, but believes NIOSH will release official details by Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Parksloper September 12, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Danielle and Sara thinks money just grows on trees. This will be another huge case of corruption. “To imagine that there is strong evidence about any cancer resulting from 9/11 is naive in the extreme,” said Donald Berry, a biostatistics professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Anthony September 12, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Parkslopper, please answer this question: God forbid there's another 9/11-type attack on this country, who are we going to send in there as first responders to save lives? If we don't take care of our first responders, firefighters, etc. now how can we justify sending them into the next hazardous situation when we clearly did not take care of them more than 11 years after 9/11?
Parksloper September 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Anthony, first, it's their job. Second, read the quote I posted from the professor.
Howard G. September 12, 2012 at 08:53 PM
How can you take this one quote, out of context, without identifying a source, and expect readers here to consider it a valid point? At least provide a URL to the source material so we can read what else Donald Berry had to say about the naivete of anyone who believes there is a link between these cancers and first-responders' exposure to toxins at the Trade Center site after the attacks. I mean, if you're going to be a contrarian, at least do it responsibly.
Anthony September 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM
For every Donald Berry, there's about 12 doctors who strongly refute his claim.

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