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Barasch & McGarry Honors National Cancer Prevention Month

February 10, 2022 | Michael Barasch

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.

The half a million people exposed to Ground Zero toxins after 9/11 have a dramatically higher risk of developing respiratory illnesses and cancer.

The World Trade Center Health Program has linked 68 different types of cancer and a host of respiratory illnesses to the 9/11 toxins, no matter your family history. 

We urge all responders and survivors who were working, living, or attending school in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 to speak with a primary care provider about their unique risk as a member of the 9/11 community. Early detection can save your life. 

Recent advances in cancer screening and treatment programs have substantially improved quality of life and health for cancer survivors, especially when detected early.

For example, 9/11 first responders and survivors are disproportionately susceptible to skin cancers, which are among the most treatable cancers if discovered at an early stage. 

Treatment available through the World Trade Center Health Program has been invaluable in providing the 9/11 community with access to medical experts who specialize in 9/11-related illnesses, undoubtedly saving lives.

Here are several tips for reducing your risk of cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle
  • Avoid smoking and all other tobacco products
  • Protect yourself from the sun – wear sunscreen anytime you are outside
  • Get vaccinated for Hepatitis B and Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Get regular medical care

If you are diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers or respiratory illnesses impacting the 9/11 community, we are here to guide you through the registration process with the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. 

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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