Both women and men who were first responders or who were working, living, or studying in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 have a higher risk of developing respiratory illnesses and 68 different types of cancer from exposure to Ground Zero toxins. Skin cancers are the most common cancer in the 9/11 community, and breast cancer and prostate cancer are the second and third most common.
If you were there, you are at risk – even more than twenty years after 9/11 – despite initial claims by government officials that the air was safe to breathe.
Barasch & McGarry represents 1,500 women in the 9/11 community with breast cancer, and more than 3,800 responders and survivors with prostate cancer.
There are some common misconceptions about breast cancer & prostate cancer in the 9/11 community.
If you were there and develop a 9/11-related illness, you are eligible to access the free World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) – regardless of family history or any other factor. Even if your parents, grandparents, and other family members all had breast cancer or prostate cancer, you are eligible.
Similarly, men who develop breast cancer are also eligible. Indeed, Barasch & McGarry represents dozens of men who developed breast cancer from their exposure to Ground Zero toxins.