Women who were exposed to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and consequently developed uterine cancer, including endometrial cancer, are now eligible for medical coverage and financial compensation from the WTC Health Program.
This is a limited federal health program that provides no-cost medical monitoring and treatment for certified WTC-related health conditions to those directly affected by the 9/11 attacks in New York, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Individuals who worked as responders at Ground Zero as well as those who lived or worked nearby are expected to receive full coverage from the WTC Health Program for their cancer treatment, as uterine cancer joins most other cancers on the WTC Health Program’s list.
“I had already authored several studies that had shown an excess of all cancers in responders,” said Iris Udasin, MD, of the Rutgers University School of Public Health, “and we knew that a lot of the chemicals people had been exposed to were endocrine disruptors that can lead to this type of cancer, so it made sense to request this addition.”
- See “Uterine Cancer Now Covered by WTC Health Program” on the American Society of Clinical Oncology website (January 19, 2023)
- See also “WTC Health Program Issues Final Rule Adding Uterine Cancer to List of Covered WTC-Related Health Conditions” on the CDC website (January 17, 2023)