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The Zadroga Act advisory panel is considering cancer coverage. The 15-member group is looking at what conditions should be covered under the Act and will likely recommend some cancers.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act became law in December 2010 and was created to compensate first responders—those trapped in the World Trade Center buildings—and area residents, who suffered illness or injuries related to the toxic dust from Manhattan’s 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“It seems like many [members] are in favor of listing at least some cancers of some systems as World Trade Center-related conditions,” Dr. Elizabeth Ward, chairwoman of the World Trade Center Health Program’s Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee, said following recent testimony from experts and rescue workers said, the Huffington Post.

The Congressionally created panel reviews changing scientific and medical evidence, making recommendations as to which conditions should be considered for coverage under the Act’s $2.8 billion Victim Compensation Fund. The fund covers a number of respiratory-related illnesses, but many have criticized the exclusion of cancer as a coverable illness, said the Huffington Post. First responders and city officials say the cancer link to Ground Zero’s toxic air is obvious and, now, the link is becoming more.

Dr. Philip Landrigan, a dean at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, was among those testifying about findings from a not-yet published study he and his team conducted in which a 14% increased risk for cancer was seen in rescue workers, said the Huffington Post. Cancers included prostate, thyroid, and some blood. The increase, said Landrigan, is particularly “striking,” given that the group had lower levels for other, common cancers, including of the lung.

“I think that we’ve reached a point… [where] we can say with a high degree of certainty that the exposures that the responders experienced down there at Ground Zero and the other World Trade Center sites, we can reasonably anticipate that those exposures are going to cause cancer,” Landrigan told the Huffington Post. According to Landrigan, the study was the largest of its kind with 20,000 firefighters, police officers, sanitation and construction workers, and others who worked at Ground Zero following the attacks. A prior study revealed that firefighters working at Ground Zero were 19% likelier to develop cancer versus those not there, according to the New York Times.

Valerie Dabas, one of the panelists and a human resources analyst at the police Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said she’s seen some serious rises in rare blood and kidney cancers and thyroid and prostate cancer she described as being “very uncommon” in men and women so young, wrote the Huffington Post. “We keep saying the dust is different than everything we’ve seen before, and that’s how we have to treat it,” she said.

“I think it’s biologically plausible that anyone that was subject to this is going to have increased rate of cancers,” Steve Cassidy, president of the Fire Department’s Uniformed Firefighters Association told the Huffington Post regarding exposure to what he described as Ground Zero’s “toxic stew.”

John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation, an advocacy group for 9/11 recovery workers, said that although not all cancers should be covered under the Act, “There are cancers, unequivocally, undoubtedly, that need to be added to this bill yesterday,” according to the Huffington Post.

The advisory panel is will likely issue its recommendation as early as April concerning the cancers the Act should cover. Although recommendations are not binding, they are seriously considered, said the Huffington Post.

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