Downwinders® Cancer Benefit Program
U.S. Government Downwinders Compensation
By far the most awarded compensation program, Downwinders® allows $50,000 for each claimant who was physically present in particular areas of Arizona, Nevada, or Utah (downwind of the Nevada test site) during the relevant time periods:
- January 21, 1951 through October 31, 1958 (for at least 2 years during this period)
– or –
- June 30, 1962 through July 31, 1962
Spouses or children or grandchildren are considered eligible survivors and may make a claim on behalf of a deceased family member who meets the criteria for the Downwinders® compensation program.
Downwinders® is the registered trademark of the National Cancer Benefit Center.
Covered Geographic Areas
Claimants must have been physically present during the time period listed above in one of the following counties:
- Arizona: Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, Yavapai, the area north of the Grand Canyon, and a portion of Mojave that lays north of the Colorado River
- Nevada: Eureka, Lander, Lincoln, Nye, White Pine, and the northern portion of Clark (townships 13 - 16 at ranges 63 - 71)
- Utah: Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Washington, and Wayne
The claimant must also have been subsequently diagnosed with a specified compensable disease, which includes any of the following:
- Bile Duct Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer (male or female)
- Colon Cancer
- Esophagus Cancer
- Gallbladder Cancer
- Leukemias (except for chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
- Liver Cancer (unless there is evidence of cirrhosis or hepatitis B)
- Lung Cancer
- Lymphomas (except for Hodgkin's disease)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Pharynx Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pancreas Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Salivary Gland Cancer
- Small Intestine Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
At the National Cancer Benefits Center, we understand how difficult it can be to track down all the documentation needed to prove your or your claimant’s eligibility. That’s why we offer investigative research services when you contract with us.
- Navajo, others testify for bill to expand protections for ‘downwinders,’ Daily Miner, July 1, 2018
Downwinders: Did the Government Kill John Wayne?
Watch the extended movie trailer for Downwinders: Did the Government Kill John Wayne?, a feature-length documentary filmed in Utah about victims of fallout exposure during atmospheric nuclear testing in Nevada in the 1950s and 1960s:
Note: This is not a class-action lawsuit, but rather a group of government programs. The programs have been approved and the compensation made available by the United States Congress.
If you or a family member lived downwind of the Nevada test site (in Arizona, Nevada, or Utah) between 1951 and 1962, call the National Cancer Benefits Center today at (800) 414-4328 to find out if you’re eligible to file a claim for compensation from the U.S. government. You can also use our convenient online form to request more information.
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