WOODBURY - Ground Zero first responders and workers diagnosed with cancer will continue to be excluded from a federal health care program to aid 9/11 victims.

The first periodic review from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found insufficient evidence to add cancer to the list of conditions covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Dr. Benjamin Luft, director of the Long Island World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, says more time is needed to gather scientific evidence linking exposure to Ground Zero toxins and cancer.

First responder advocate John Feal, of the Feal Good Foundation, disagrees. He says he's attended 51 funerals in the last five years for cops, firefighters and volunteers sickened with cancer following the terrorist attacks.

The next review will be released in 2012.

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