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Barasch & McGarry Recognizes Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

May 11, 2023 | Michael Barasch

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.

Anyone who was exposed to Ground Zero toxins on or during the eight months following 9/11 has a significantly higher risk of developing many respiratory illnesses and 69 different types of cancer, including bladder cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 82,290 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2023, approximately 62,420 men and 19,870 women.

Barasch & McGarry represents more than 700 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Bladder cancer occurs primarily in older people, at an average age of 73. Nine in ten of people diagnosed with bladder cancer are 55 or older.

Besides age and gender, other risk factors for bladder cancer include smoking tobacco, toxic exposure (such as breathing Ground Zero toxins after 9/11), some medicines and herbal supplements, family history, chronic bladder infections, and not drinking enough water.

The symptoms of bladder cancer could include blood in the urine (which may cause urine to appear bright red or cola colored), frequent urination, painful urination, and back pain.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your primary health care provider immediately – early detection can substantially improve likelihood of survival and improve your quality of life.

Treatment for bladder cancer often involves surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or immunotherapy.

If you are diagnosed with 9/11-related bladder cancer, your family medical history and pre-existing conditions will not affect your eligibility for free health care or compensation. 

If you were there in Lower Manhattan, the government presumes your cancer was the result of exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

If you are diagnosed with bladder cancer or any other 9/11-related cancers or respiratory illnesses, Barasch & McGarry can help you access resources through the free World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

The health program provides comprehensive medical care to 9/11 victims for their 9/11-related illnesses.

The victim fund offers tax-free awards for pain and suffering, lost earnings, and benefits for surviving spouses and family members.

For the WTC Health Program, the exposure zone consists of all of Manhattan below Houston Street and parts of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO in Brooklyn.

For the 9/11 VCF, the exposure zone includes the area of Manhattan south of Canal Street and west of Clinton Street.

If you were exposed to Ground Zero toxins, you should know your health status.

Early detection could save your life.

Barasch & McGarry, Lawyers for the 9/11 Community, represents more than 35,000 members of the 9/11 community.

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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