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Dealing With a Diagnosis of 9/11-Related Skin Cancer

People who contracted skin cancer due to exposure to the toxic atmosphere around Ground Zero after 9/11 — such as firefighters, police officers, downtown residents, workers, students, teachers and many others — can receive lifetime health care from the World Trade Center Health Program for both non-melanoma and melanoma types of cancer. The WTCHP covers 100 percent of members’ costs for any dermatological surgery and reconstructive surgery required to treat either type of skin cancer.

A study recently published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum showed that 9/11 responders have significantly higher elevations of cancer incidence compared to the general population. Among the study’s 28,729 participants, the median time spent working on the rescue and recovery effort was 52 days, which means 52 days of steady exposure of their skin to carcinogens.

Skin cancer tops the World Trade Center Health Program’s list of 15 most commonly certified cancers afflicting 9/11 responders and survivors. According to the most recent data, more than 6,000 current WTCHP members are living with non-melanoma skin cancer or melanoma skin cancer. Non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma make up approximately 80 percent of the cases, while the less common but more serious melanoma cancers make up the remainder.

The WTCHP will only cover cancer treatments if the program’s administrator has certified that your cancer is related to exposure to toxins as a result of 9/11. Therefore, enrolling in the WTC Health program and getting your illness certified is crucial. We encourage enrollment by anyone who was present in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or who spent time there in the following months. It can take a significant amount of time to complete enrollment and you don’t want to wait until you are very sick to start the process.

The professionals at Barasch & McGarry are here to help 9/11 responders and survivors obtain treatment for skin cancer and all other 9/11-related conditions. We consider it a privilege to help those who so selflessly helped others on that day. To speak with one of our New York lawyers and find out how we can assist you, please call 888-351-9421 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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