Potential Benefits for NYC Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

SHARE would like to let its constituents know about a program that offers benefits to women in New York City who may have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer as a result of 9/11.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 established a World Trade Center Health Program to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare for survivors of 9/11 who lived, worked, or were attending school in the area. It also offers potential compensation for those who experienced detrimental health conditions as a result of proximity to the attacks.

These conditions include breast and ovarian cancer, which have been causally linked to exposure to dust and toxins called PCBs that were released during the 9/11 World Trade Center explosions, according to a review of more than 70 studies in The Lancet Oncology, a leading clinical research journal in oncology.

The World Trade Center Health Program Program officially certifies women with breast or ovarian cancer who were exposed to PCBs as a result of the 9/11 attacks; the Zadroga Act's compensation program specifically covers invasive breast ductal carcinoma (IDC), breast ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and male breast cancer.

If you think these programs may be relevant to you, you can access the following resources for more information: