NESCONSET - Prostate cancer is now covered under the James Zadroga Act for Sept. 11 first responders.

Hundreds more people are likely to receive health care, says John Feal, of the FealGood Foundation.

More than 1,500 first responders have been certified under the act, which is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Feal tells News 12. He says this will likely spike that number.

First responders must register with the Victim Compensation Fund by Oct. 3 to receive benefits. Responders may register whether or not they are currently sick.