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Report: Government Expected to Recognize 9/11 Cancer Link

The federal government is expected to finally formally recognize the link between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and certain forms of cancer.

The New York Post reports ( that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is poised to recognize that people who lived near Ground Zero–as well as firefighters, police, and other workers who operated and  sifted through the toxic rubble there–got cancer as a result.

Michael Barasch and Noah Kushlefsky, two lawyers who represent thousands of first responders and residents, said legislative aides involved in drafting the new regulations and Victim Compensation Fund staffers told them that about 50 cancers would be included.

The new regulations would at last allow cancer victims to be compensated.

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