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Cancers linked to 9/11 now recognized

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The federal government will finally help first responders and residents who lived near ground zero battling with cancer.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health will announce that 50 types of cancer should be covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The new regulations would allow cancer victims to receive compensation.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health announced the change Monday. The institute said last June it favored expanding the $4.3 billion health program to include cancer.

James Zadroga was an NYPD officer who died of a respiratory disease that has been attributed to his participation in rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Copyright 2012 CBS News. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation) contributed to this report.

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