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Prostate Cancer Linked to WTC Dust: Deadline to Register for Compensation is October 21

There is an upcoming deadline for 9/11 responders who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  If you worked at Ground Zero in the wake of the terrorist attacks, there is a legal presumption that exposure to the WTC toxic dust caused your prostate cancer.  The deadline to register for compensation for 9/11 cancers is generally two years from the date of diagnosis. However, the deadline for anyone diagnosed with prostate cancer after September 11, 2005 is October 21, 2015. Don’t miss this deadline! Read the information below, then take the steps necessary to secure your benefits.

What every 9/11 responder should know about prostate cancer

Prostate cancer was not among the original 9/11-related illnesses covered by the World Trade Center Health Program, and it took quite a fight for healthcare professionals to get it officially approved in 2013. However, the New York Post was reporting as late as December of 2014 that the WTC Health Program wasn’t even screening for prostate cancer and that potential cancer patients didn’t even know they weren’t being tested. Instead, most prostate cancer diagnoses were coming from the responders’ primary care physicians and not WTC Health Program screeners. While we can hope the situation has changed, we encourage all men who worked on 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts to be proactive about this potentially deadly disease.

Here are important facts that you should know about prostate cancer:

  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, after skin cancer. About one in seven men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in his lifetime.
  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, after lung cancer.
  • Survival rates for prostate cancer are very high. When caught early, the five year survival rate is almost 100 percent.
  • The notion that prostate cancer surgery ruins sex or causes incontinence is a complete myth.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is often asymptomatic. A man only learns he has an issue during a routine medical exam. Other men do experience symptoms, which include:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs

If you are troubled by any of these symptoms, make sure you consult a qualified physician. If you need help establishing your eligibility for 9/11 benefits and compensation, call Barasch & McGarry today at 888-351-9421 or contact our office 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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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

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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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