November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month.
Anyone who worked, lived, or studied in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 has a higher risk of many serious respiratory illnesses and 68 forms of cancer, including stomach cancer.
Barasch & McGarry represents more than 100 9/11 community members who have been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
A report from the American Cancer Society estimates that 26,560 new cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed in 2021 – about three-fifth of them among men.
The risk factors for stomach cancer include gender (more common in men), race (more common in Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian/Pacific Islanders), Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection, being overweight or obese, a diet high in grilled or heavily-processed foods, alcohol or tobacco consumption, and exposure to toxic chemicals such as Ground Zero toxins.
9/11 first responders and survivors – as well as anyone with a high risk of stomach cancer – should share this information with their primary health care provider and stay alert to the symptoms.
Early detection could substantially improve your likelihood of survival.
Common symptoms include unintended weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, heartburn, and swelling in the abdomen.
If you are diagnosed with stomach 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 911victims.com or call 212-385-8000 today.