As we honor National Cancer Prevention Month this February, we urge anyone who was working, living, or attending school in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 to speak with a primary care provider about your unique risk as a member of the 9/11 community.
Nearly half a million people exposed to Ground Zero toxins after 9/11 have a dramatically higher risk of respiratory disease and 68 different types of cancer.
Recent improvements in cancer screening and treatment programs have substantially improved quality of life and health for cancer survivors, especially when detected early.
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 easy 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 diseases 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 911victims.com or call 212-385-8000 today.