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Barasch & McGarry Remembers Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 29, 2021 | Michael Barasch

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Women who were first responders or 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 presumed linked to the WTC toxins, including ovarian cancer.

Barasch & McGarry represents many 9/11 community members who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

About one in seventy-eight women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during their lifetime, with higher rates among 9/11 community members.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 21,410 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2021.

The major risk factors for ovarian cancer are age (more common in older women), family history, obesity, hormone replacement therapy after menopause, a history of breast cancer, and exposure to toxic chemicals such as Ground Zero toxins.

Early detection can substantially improve the likelihood of survival.

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

Common symptoms could include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and urgent or frequent urination. 

If you are diagnosed with ovarian 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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