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Prostate Cancer Added

Prostate Cancer Added to List of 9/11-Related Health Conditions

The WTC Program Administrator Dr. John Howard has approved a petition to add prostate cancer to the list of 9/11-related health conditions covered by the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund effective October 21, 2013.

The decision to add prostate cancer was made based on two new research studiesi,ii that show a significant excess risk of prostate cancer in WTC-exposed rescue and recovery workers compared to the general population seven years since September 11, 2001.

Cancer was originally added to the list of 9/11-related health conditions in October 2012; however prostate cancer was not included at that time due to lack of data. With the publication of these two new studies, the WTC Health Program Administrator has ruled there is now sufficient data to add prostate cancer to the list of 9/11-related health conditions.

This decision is of importance for IAFF members given that research indicates an increased risk of prostate cancer in fire fighters. IAFF members are exposed to several known or suspected carcinogens during the course of a typical career. It is these exposures that are thought to result in higher rates of cancer, including prostate cancer. The IAFF has successfully lobbied for the inclusion of prostate cancer to presumptive law coverage in several states and provinces in the United States and Canada.

To read the final WTC prostate cancer rule in the Federal Register, click here

To view the list of cancers currently covered by the Zadroga Act, click here

i Li J et al. Association between World Trade Center Exposure and Excess Cancer Risk. JAMA 2012; 308(23):2479-2488. Read full text here: Cancer Risk Exposure

ii Solan S et al. Cancer incidence in World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers, 2001-2008. Environ Health Perspect 2013; 121(6):699-704. Read full text here: Cancer Incidence