US adds cancer to list of illnesses linked to 9/11 attacks

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The federal government added 14 categories of cancer to the list of illnesses linked to the 9/11 attacks Monday.
This new change means first responders and workers at Ground Zero will now be covered for any health problems that fall within these categories.
According to the NBC News article, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health approved the additions to the Zadroga Act, which will become effective in 30 days. The Zadroga Act was signed into law nearly two years ago, and originally did not contain cancer because of a lack of evidence connecting it to Ground Zero toxins.
"We have urged from the very beginning that the decision whether or not to include cancer be based on science," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement to NBC News New York, adding that the decision "will continue to ensure that those who have become ill due to the heinous attacks on 9/11 get the medical care they need and deserve."
Michael Gartland in his article in the New York Post, also mentioned that some people aren't thrilled about the decision, because they are worried there will be less to go around for everyone else. The fund is currently 2.77 billion dollars, and Sheila Birnbaum said she doesn't expect any more cash flow into it.

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