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Barasch & McGarry Remembers Liver Cancer Awareness Month

October 19, 2022 | Michael Barasch

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month.

All first responders and civilians who were 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 from their exposure to Ground Zero toxins, including liver cancer.

Barasch & McGarry represents more than 200 9/11 community members who have been diagnosed with liver cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 41,260 people in the United States will be diagnosed with liver cancer in 2022.

The major risk factors for liver cancer are gender (more common in men), ethnicity (more common in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders), chronic viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and exposure to toxic chemicals such as at Ground Zero.

If you are diagnosed with liver cancer from exposure to Ground Zero toxins, you are eligible for free health care and compensation – regardless of family history or pre-existing conditions.

People with a high risk of liver cancer should share this information with their primary health care provider and stay alert to the symptoms.  

Common symptoms could include unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite, feeling very full after a small meal, nausea or vomiting, an enlarged liver, pain in the abdomen, itching, and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).

If you are diagnosed with liver cancer or any other 9/11-related cancers or respiratory illnesses, we can help you access resources through from the 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.

Visit or call 212-385-8000 today.

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