Welcome to 9/11 Health, a public information web site developed by the New York City Health Department. This site provides the latest information about scientific research and serv ices for people who may have health problems related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The Health Department welcomes visitor feedback and plans to provide additional enhancements over time.9/11 Injury Increases Risk of Chronic Disease
Injury as a result of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, including, for instance, broken bones or burns, increased the risk of chronic disease 5-6 years after 9/11, according to a study of more than 14,000 enrollees who reported no previous diagnosis of heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes or cancer.
The federal government added malignant neoplasms of the brain, cervix uteri (invasive cervical cancer), pancreas, and testis to the list of conditions that can be treated by the WTC Health Program. Coverage for the additional cancers began on February 18, 2014.
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The federal government has revised the definition of childhood cancer it uses for the WTC Health Program to clarify that it means any cancer first diagnosed in a person younger than 20. The revised definition is based on the age at diagnosis, not the current age of the WTC Health Program member.
Governor Cuomo signed legislation in November that affects workers compensation and disability retirement benefits for workers who participated in WTC rescue and recovery operations. Filing deadlines for both entitlements have been extended until September 11, 2014, and eligibility has been expanded for certain categories of workers.
The World Trade Center Health Program now offers services to survivors, including Lower Manhattan residents, office workers and students, who may have moved outside the New York City area since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. In the past, only responders had access to WTC-specific services outside the New York City area.
World Trade Center responders and survivors can receive care for many different types of cancer at the federal WTC Health Program if their cancers are 9/11-related. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers guidance for members, physicians and the public.
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