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9/11 Cancer Cases Exceed 10,000

In August, The New York Post reported that the number of cancer cases among WTC responders and survivors was approaching an ominous milestone: 10,000 cases of cancer linked to 9/11, due to exposure to the toxic dust of Ground Zero. This number continues to grow and has now exceeded 10,000. As the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks passed, the article noted that the “World Trade Center Health Program has counted 9,795 first responders, downtown workers, residents, students, and others with cancer deemed 9/11-related.” The death toll from 9/11-related diseases stands at more than 2,000, and that total includes 420 people stricken with cancer.

But rather than abating, the health crisis caused by 9/11 is accelerating. Dr. Michael Crane, medical director of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, says, “We [currently] get these referrals 15 to 20 times a week.” The increase in cancer cases is not altogether surprising, since many cancers take time to develop. Some cancers have latency periods of more than 10 years, and on the extreme end, mesothelioma can take 20 to 40 years to emerge.

Cancer is a disease generally found in older people, and the community of 9/11 survivors is aging. As The Post reports, “the average age of Ground Zero workers and others affected has risen from 38 to 55. Some are in their 70s.” So, according to Dr. Crane, we would be seeing a rising cancer rate among these people even if they’d never been exposed, but the incidence of cancer would not be as alarming. Scientists have found cancers hitting the 9/11 community at a significantly higher rate than expected in the normal population.

However, new cancer cases are not just coming from the responders who were adults at the time. Our law firm has increasingly represented clients who were students, residents, office and non-office workers, volunteers, teachers, and more at the time of the attacks. The former students have developed illnesses including deadly cancers in their early 30s. A number of our clients were students at Stuyvesant High School, located in downtown Manhattan, just blocks from Ground Zero. As these former students reach adulthood, they often don’t connect their health conditions with their exposure to toxic dust so long ago. We have been working to raise awareness among former students, teachers, and others who may not know they have the right to free health screenings, treatment for 9/11-related illnesses, and even monetary compensation in many cases.

As determined lawyers for 9/11 victims, we want to see all eligible parties receive the care and compensation they deserve. Barasch & McGarry has recovered more than $2 billion for 9/11 victims. If you need assistance accessing your 9/11 benefits, call us at 888-351-9421 or contact our Manhattan office online.

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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