9/11 Prostate cancer caused by the toxic 9/11 dust has been diagnosed in almost 2,000 downtown workers, residents, students, and first responders. This year, the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) certified that 1,995 cases of prostate cancer were caused by the dust and other fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That’s a shocking, sad and disturbing number of almost epidemic proportions.
In addition, our office is seeing more and more young clients between the ages of 45 – 60 being diagnosed with 9/11 prostate cancer. One of the most important things Turley, Hansen does when we are retained by a client is to file their WTC Health Program Application immediately so that we can coordinate the “certification” process with their 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund claim.
The rate of 9/11 prostate cancer is exploding. The World Trade Center Health Program reports that from March 2017 to March 2018, cases of 9/11-caused prostate cancer jumped from 1,146 to 1,683 cases in first responders and from 122 to 309 cases in the downtown residents/workers – an almost three-fold increase in just 12 months.
Please remember to have your annual PSA blood test to screen for possible prostate cancer. Early detection is the key to long term survival and quality of life.
Scientific studies prove a strong link between prostate cancer and breathing the air in lower Manhattan during the months after the 9/11 attacks. The evidence linking 9/11 exposure (even exposure in 2002 – many months after the attacks) and 9/11 prostate cancer include a study published in The Lancet in September 2011, a finding by the National Toxicology Program that arsenic and cadmium (both found in the environment in NYC after 9/11), known human carcinogens that cause prostate cancer, and also a finding by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that provided evidence of a causal association between prostate cancer and arsenic or cadmium exposure.
The WTCHP and the related program, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), have both accepted the studies showing the link between breathing the poisoned air on and after 9/11 and the development of prostate cancer – even if the prostate cancer occurs many years later. In fact, the WTC Health Program and the VCF routinely approve for treatment and compensation claims made by men diagnosed with prostate cancer (even if now cancer-free) from September 11, 2005 and any time during the past thirteen years until today.
Fully-paid care for prostate cancer care includes treatments ranging from the least invasive (such as active surveillance) to surgical intervention such as a radical prostatectomy, as well as other treatments including IG-IMRT, CyberKnife and the similar procedure of stereotactic high-precision radiosurgery, brachytherapy, radiation therapy, cryosurgery, and other treatments depending on the recommendation of the physician in the particular case.
Free lifetime prostate cancer treatment is available at many of the metropolitan areas major medical centers, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a WTCHP in-network provider. A tax-free award from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is also available to prostate cancer sufferers, even if treatment has completed or the patient is now cancer-free – so long as the prostate cancer diagnosis was made after September 11th, 2005.