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9/11 First Responders Diagnosed with Mesothelioma Will Soon be Eligible for Compensation

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Mesothelioma is a unique and rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. The “face” of mesothelioma in the United States is typically males aged 65-years-old and older who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace or in the military prior to 1970 when asbestos-containing products were widely used in construction materials and in the military. However, rescue workers at the scene of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were exposed to high levels of asbestos from the toxic dust cloud, and now the government acknowledges those workers are also at risk of contracting mesothelioma. A ruling issued last week by Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, could open up to 9/11 cancer victims some of the $4.3 billion set aside to provide health services and compensation for people who develop illnesses linked to 9/11. More.

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