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Mesothelioma proposed for list of 9/11 ailments

According to a CBS News story, federal health officials are considering adding mesothelioma and 49 other types of cancer to a list of conditions for which first Sept. 11 first responders and Manhattan residents will get free treatment and compensation payments.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s decision followed a March recommendation by an advisory committee made up of doctors, union officials and community health advocates, who recommended that cancer be added.

The $4.3 billion is meant to compensate residents and first responders exposed to the toxic ash that exploded over Manhattan after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Previously, the aid effort has only covered people with a short list of mostly less-serious ailments, including asthma, acid reflux disease and chronic sinus irritation, according to CBS News.

People with any of the cancers on the list could qualify for treatments and payments as long as they and their doctors make a plausible case that the disease might be connected to the dust generated by the terrorist attacks.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer affecting the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body called the mesothelium, and is caused primarily by exposure to asbestos.

If you or a loved one have contracted mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, contact Lopez McHugh for a free consultation.

See the story here:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57449857-10391704/federal-health-officials-propose-free-cancer-care-for-9-11-first-responders/