September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Nearly half a million first responders and people working, living, and studying in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 have a dramatically higher risk of developing respiratory illnesses and 68 different types of cancer that are presumed linked to the World Trade Center toxins, including prostate cancer.
Barasch & McGarry represents more than 3,700 members of 9/11 community members who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 268,490 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022 – the highest figure for any type of cancer besides skin cancer.
The major risk factors for prostate cancer are age (six in ten cases are diagnosed in men 65 years-of-age and older), family history, and exposure to toxic chemicals such as Ground Zero toxins.
Early detection of prostate cancer can substantially improve the likelihood of survival.
People with a high risk of prostate cancer should share this information with their primary health care provider and stay alert to the symptoms.
Common symptoms include difficulty urinating, blood in the urine, and erectile dysfunction.
If you are diagnosed with prostate 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 (WTCHP) and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
The health program provides free, 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 includes 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.
Barasch & McGarry, Lawyers for the 9/11 Community, represents more than 30,000 members of the 9/11 community.
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