9/11 Uterine Cancer Compensation Claims
Women with uterine cancer are now able to receive 9/11 victim benefits including lifetime cancer care under the World Trade Center Health Program, plus they are eligible for compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Uterine cancer, also called endometrial cancer uterine sarcoma, is the most recent cancer recognized by the WTC Health Program as being linked to exposure to the 9/11 toxins that were in the air and dust that settled over lower Manhattan (the entire area south of Canal Street) between 9/11 and May 30, 2002. Previously, the only female-specific cancers covered by the 9/11 benefit programs – the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 VCF – were ovarian cancer, invasive cervical cancer, and breast cancer.
Until last year, uterine cancer was not covered by either the WTC Health Program or the 9/11 VCF. In response to this injustice, the attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP strongly supported the petition to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to add uterine cancer to the list of WTC-related health conditions that are qualified to receive health benefits from the WTC Health Program and compensation from the 9/11 VCF. Fortunately, the WTCHP has recently corrected this unfairness. Now, if you or a loved one worked or lived in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or during the first half of 2002 and were since diagnosed with uterine cancer, you are likely entitled to not only lifetime healthcare but also compensation from the 9/11 VCF. The experienced 9/11 claim attorneys at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP are here to help you file your 9/11 claim for lifetime healthcare plus compensation from the VCF.
The Link Between 9/11 and Uterine Cancer
The dust and debris created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks contained a toxic mix of chemicals and particulates, including asbestos, silica, lead, and other hazardous substances. These hazardous substances are known to cause or contribute to the development of various cancers, including uterine cancer. The WTCHP has recognized more than 68 different types of cancer as WTC-related health conditions.
Studies have found that women who were in lower Manhattan during or shortly after the attacks are more likely to develop uterine cancer compared to women who were not in the area. The link between 9/11 and uterine cancer is still being studied, and the evidence to date indicates that there is a connection. If you worked or lived in Lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002, you were exposed to the WTC dust and debris and are at an increased risk of cancer, including uterine cancer. It is important to be aware of the risks and symptoms and to speak with a medical professional for ongoing monitoring.
Common Symptoms of Uterine Cancer
Uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer, is a type of cancer that begins in the lining of the uterus. The most common symptom of uterine cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding. This can include spotting between menstrual periods, heavier menstrual bleeding than usual, or bleeding after menopause. Additional symptoms of uterine cancer include pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and/or an increase in vaginal discharge.
How to Know if You Qualify For Uterine Cancer Compensation From 9/11 Exposure
Uterine Cancer Treatment Options Through the WTC Health Program
If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer as a result of your 9/11 exposures, you may be eligible to receive support through the WTCHP. The program provides monitoring and treatment for individuals who have been diagnosed with a covered condition, including uterine cancer, as a result of their 9/11 exposures.
Treatment options for uterine cancer through the WTCHP may include:
- Surgery: Surgery is the most common treatment option for uterine cancer, and can include a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or a radical hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and other surrounding tissues).
- Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy uses a controlled dose of high-energy X-rays or other radiation-emitting particles to damage cancer cells so they are unable to grow, multiply or spread.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of drugs, given orally or intravenously, to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy is used for higher-stage uterine cancers.
- Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to target specific parts of cancer cells.
- Hormone Therapy: Hormone therapy is a treatment that adds, blocks or removes specific hormones to slow the growth and spread of uterine cancer cells.
Support Resources for Uterine Cancer Patients
Uterine cancer can be a difficult diagnosis to receive, but there are many resources available to help support those affected. The WTCHP provides counseling and other mental health services to individuals who have been diagnosed with a WTC-related health condition. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on uterine cancer, including treatment options, support groups, and clinical trials.
Speak With Our 9/11 Attorneys Today To See If You’re Eligible for Compensation
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with uterine cancer as a result of 9/11 exposures, our experienced 9/11 attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and help you file a claim for compensation through the VCF. We have years of experience helping hundreds of individuals who were affected by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and are committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to see if you're eligible for compensation.