Government to treat cancer caused by September 11 attacks

September 11, 2012

The federal government this week acknowledged a link between unhealthy conditions at ground zero in the  in the aftermath of the the Sept. 11 attacks and several types of cancer.

It added 58 cancers to covered illnesses for people exposed to toxins at the site of the World Trade Center after the attacks 11 years ago today.

Dr. John Howard, administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program, had originally proposed the additions in June.

The recognition of the cancers will help get treatment for firefighters, medical personnel, survivors and others who worked on rescue efforts after the attacks. 

The original list of conditions related to ground zero did not include cancers, but allowed for addition of other illnesses over time. 

For information: www.cdc.gov/wtc or 1-888-982-4748 for information on how to apply.

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