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Barasch & McGarry Recognizes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 1, 2023 | Michael Barasch

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 69 different types of cancer as a result of their exposure to World Trade Center toxins, including prostate cancer.

Barasch & McGarry represents nearly 5,000 members of the 9/11 community who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

About one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 288,300 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, ethnicity (African-American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry have a higher risk), 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.

Remember that if you are diagnosed with 9/11-related prostate 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 prostate 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.

Protect yourself and your family. An early diagnosis 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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