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Barasch & McGarry Recognizes Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

May 6, 2021 | Michael Barasch

Anyone who was exposed to Ground Zero toxins on or during the 8 months following 9/11 has a significantly higher risk of developing 68 different types of cancer, including bladder cancer. May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.

A recent report from the American Cancer Society estimates that about 84,000 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2021, approximately 64,000 men and 20,000 women.

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 bladder cancer or any other 9/11-related cancer or illness, you may be entitled to free health care and compensation through the World Trade Center Health Program and the $10 billion 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. 

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