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Barasch & McGarry Recognizes Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 30, 2021 | Michael Barasch

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The nearly 500,000 first responders and people working, living, and studying in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 have a higher risk of developing respiratory illnesses and 68 different types of cancer that are presumed linked to the WTC toxins, such as lung cancer.

After the attacks, the toxic Ground Zero air was filled with known carcinogens and the buildings were on fire for 99 days.

Please join us on the Barasch & McGarry free webinar on lung cancer, COPD, and emphysema in the 9/11 community on Tuesday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. EST.

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We represent more than 1,300 9/11 community members who have been diagnosed with lung cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 235,760 people in the United States will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021.

The major risk factors for lung cancer are smoking tobacco or breathing secondhand smoke, family history, air pollution, and exposure to toxic chemicals such as Ground Zero toxins. However, even you are a lifelong smoker or have a family history of cancer, your illness is presumed linked to the toxins if you were in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or during the 8 following months.

People with a high risk of lung cancer such as 9/11 first responders and survivors should share this information with their primary health care provider and stay alert to the symptoms.  

Common lung cancer symptoms include a persistent cough, coughing up blood, hoarseness, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, feeling tired or weak, and chest pain resulting from deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer or any other 9/11-related cancers or respiratory illnesses, we can help you access resources through the free World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. 

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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