Zadroga Act: 9/11, cancer connection to be acknowledged by federal government: report

By Erin Durkin New York Daily News

After years of efforts by victims, the federal government is set to add as many as 50 different types of cancers to health issues to be covered by the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The feds are set to add on Monday about 50 kinds of cancer to the list of Ground-Zero-linked diseases covered by the Zadroga law.

To read the official statement, please click here.

“Anybody who got sick because of their heroic actions has been financially burdened,” said John Feal of the FealGood Foundation. “The devastation is still running rampant through the 9/11 community.”

He estimated 400 people have died from 9/11-related cancer.

The additions include:

  • Malignant neoplasms of the lip, tongue, salivary gland, floor of mouth, gum and other mouth, tonsil, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and other oral cavity and pharynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of the nasopharynx
  • Malignant neoplasms of the nose, nasal cavity, middle ear, and accessory sinuses
  • Malignant neoplasm of the larynx
  • Malignant neoplasm of the esophagus
  • Malignant neoplasm of the stomach
  • Malignant neoplasm of the colon and rectum
  • Malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile duct
  • Malignant neoplasms of the retroperitoneum and peritoneum, omentum, and mesentery
  • Malignant neoplasms of the trachea; bronchus and lung; heart, mediastinum and pleura; and other ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
  • Mesothelioma
  • Malignant neoplasms of the soft tissues (sarcomas)
  • Malignant neoplasms of the skin (melanoma and nonmelanoma), including scrotal cancer
  • Malignant neoplasm of the breast
  • Malignant neoplasm of the urinary bladder
  • Malignant neoplasm of the kidney
  • Malignant neoplasms of renal pelvis, ureter and other urinary organs
  • Malignant neoplasms of the eye and orbit
  • Malignant neoplasm of the thyroid
  • Malignant neoplasms of the blood and lymphoid tissues (including, but not limited to, lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma)
  • Childhood cancers
  • Rare cancers
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