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Cancer Coverage Update

New Changes to WTC Health Program Cancer Coverage


World Trade Center Health Program Administrator Dr. John Howard has finalized revisions to the definition of "rare cancers" covered by the WTC Health Program under the Zadroga Act. Based on a review of the latest cancer epidemiology studies and recommendations from the WTC Scientific Advisory Committee, the WTC Health Program now defines "rare cancers" as any cancer that has an incidence rate of less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year.


As a result of this revision, four additional cancers meet the definition of "rare cancers" and are now eligible for coverage under the WTC Health Program as 9/11-related health conditions:

  • Brain cancer
  • Invasive cervical cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Testical cancer

The new rule goes into effect February 18, 2014.

To read the WTC Health Administrator's announcement and frequently asked questions regarding the revised cancer definitions, click here.

To read the full Interim Final Rule published in the Federal Register, click here.

To view the full list of cancers covered by the WTC Health Program, click here.