The Rise in Prostate Cancer in World Trade Center First Responders
9/11 Cancer and Treatment
As the future of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) remains uncertain, cancer experts are finding new higher risks in first responders who were at the World Trade Center “Exposure Zone.”
Research shows there is a greater risk for prostate cancer in first responders who had the most direct exposure to various toxins at Ground Zero. There has been an increase in diagnoses of prostate cancer, particularly among younger men, says Dr. William Oh, a prostate oncologist at Mount Sinai: “The amount of exposure to these toxins that was in the World Trade Center dust may have increased the risk of getting prostate cancer and particularly a more aggressive type of prostate cancer.” The hope from this ongoing research at Mount Sinai is to increase the efforts toward treatment options.
Prostate cancer is just one of the many 9/11 cancers that is currently covered under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. These 9/11 cancer cases are among the most common types filed through the VCF. If you or a loved one are a 9/11 victim and are suffering from either cancer or other related illnesses, know that you have options. At Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, your health and care are our top priority.
As we await the final decision regarding the future of the Victim Compensation Fund, we need to take into consideration the number of individuals who were affected by 9/11, and those who continue to suffer the aftermath. Cases of 9/11-related cancer and other illness are all too common in our office. Our years of representing 9/11 victims and hearing countless cases and stories have shown us just how important it is for funding and care to be provided for first responders and all victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Can I Receive Medical Care for My 9/11-Related Cancer or 9/11-Related Illness?
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) was established under the 2010 Zadroga Act for the purpose of offering medical care and treatment to 9/11 victims. Cancer treatment centers and facilities for treating other 9/11-related illnesses are available in New York and throughout the U.S. As the demand for medical care increases for any number of 9/11 cancer types, we know just how vital the VCF and the WTCHP are to 9/11 victims.
Our 9/11 attorneys provide the support and guidance that every victim and family needs during the VCF claims process. In our office, clients become friends and family. We will listen to your story, and make sure your case is handled so that you can focus solely on yourself.
As we see each 9/11 first responder’s cancer case come to our desk, along with countless other 9/11 victim claims, we are reminded just how important it is for this fund to be continuously supported and remain replenished.Posted under: 9/11 Cancers