Tuesday, September 18, 2012

U.S. government expands list of diseases resulting from the 9/11

New York (AP). - As part of the commemorations of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government added 50 types of cancer in the list of diseases related to the collapse of the World Trade Center, contained in Zadroga Act.

The authorities added 14 types of cancer to reach a list of 50, including respiratory and digestive system, as a result of substances and conditions to which people were exposed after the collapse of the Twin Towers.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health accepted the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology to add certain types of cancer to the list of conditions covered for Health Program of the World Trade Center.

With the measure, rescuers and area residents suffering from lung cancer, leukemia and dozens of types of cancer can now receive federal aid.

The Zadroga Act, passed in December 2010, established a fund of four thousand 300 million dollars for the medical care of rescuers who responded to the emergency and care to residents of the city.

Experts in diseases related to September 11 indicated that at that time there was insufficient evidence linking the toxic smoke from the World Trade Center with the development of different types of cancer.

"Include these cancers reinforce what you already know, our heroes are sick and some are dying of cancer that developed from inhaling toxins from ground zero," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, linked to the bill.

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