9/11 related skin cancer is, by far, the most common type of cancer suffered by downtown New York City residents, workers, and students who were present in lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 attacks. This exposed population suffers from many types of skin cancers, including non-melanoma (malignant neoplasms) skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Less common, but much more serious, are malignant melanomas of the skin.
Fortunately, downtown residents, workers, and students can receive lifetime healthcare form the World Trade Center Health Program which pays 100% for the cost of care of all 9/11-related dermatological surgical procedures and reconstructive plastic surgery conditions, including skin cancer. The related September 11th Victim Compensation Fund also provides for an award of tax-free compensation to the downton NYC population of who lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan on 9/11 or during the eight-months after 9/11. The air was so toxic that if a person lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan on or after the attacks, there is a medical and legal presumption that the cancer or other disease was, in fact, caused by the 9/11 fallout.
Treatments for either basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers can include:
- Simple excision.
- Mohs micrographic surgery.
- Radiation therapy.
- Electrodesiccation and curettage.
- Photodynamic therapy.
- Topical chemotherapy.
- Topical biologic therapy with imiquimod.
- Laser surgery.
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The WTC Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund provide benefits not only for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer and non-melanoma skin cancers, but also for over 70 different types of common (and uncommon) cancers such as lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, thyroid cancer, bladder cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and many others.
If you have any questions regarding your entitlement to healthcare benefits or compensation, please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO.