Posted Apr 8, 2019 by Turley, Hansen & Rosasco on 9/11 Cancers
The tragedy of September 11, 2001 is never-ending, and the effects of 9/11 are still experienced by many.
In addition to the lives lost in the horrific attacks on that day, the risk of sickness and death continue to follow first responders, policemen, firemen, and in fact anyone who either worked, lived, or routinely visited the vicinity of Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and for several months after. The law firm of Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP knows all too well.
What follows is a list and brief description of different 9/11 cancers that many people were afflicted with as a result of having been exposed to the toxins, fumes and contaminated air during and after the tragedy.
- Bladder Cancer: Affecting the cells lining the inside of the bladder, this is the fifth most common form of cancer.
- Breast Cancer: Cells in the breast grow and multiply at an abnormal rate, dividing uncontrollably and forming a tumor.
- Childhood Cancers: Cancer that can affect children includes leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma, and bone cancer.
- Colon/Rectal Cancer: These cancers affect the first five feet (colon), and/or the last six inches (rectal) of the large intestine.
- Esophageal Cancer: Attacks the esophagus – a hollow, muscular tube which carries food and drink from the mouth to the stomach.
- Head and Neck Cancer: Specific areas of these cancers include the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, and salivary glands.
- Kidney Cancer: The two most common types are “renal cell carcinoma,” and “transitional cell carcinoma,” which attack the kidney cells.
- Leukemia: Cancer found in “leukocytes,” which are the white blood cells forming in the spongy inner part of bones (bone marrow).
- Lung Cancer: Develops when abnormalities occur in either the lungs or bronchi, which are the air tubes leading to the lungs.
- Lymphoma: Cancer found in white blood cells called “lymphocytes,” which are white cells important to the immune system.
- Melanoma: Cancer which attacks pigment-producing cells, called “melanocytes,” and commonly affects the skin and eyes.
- Mesothelioma: Affecting tissue named “mesothelium” – a lining to cover and protect many internal organs – there are two main types: pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma.
- Multiple Myeloma: A cancer that affects plasma cells, which originate in the bone marrow and help the immune system.
- Pancreatic Cancer: Found in the pancreas, a small gland located in the abdomen between the stomach and the intestines which creates enzymes to help digest food.
- Ovarian Cancer: Cells in the ovaries (the female reproductive organs) grow and multiply at an abnormal rate, dividing uncontrollably and forming a tumor.
- Prostate Cancer: Affecting the gland in the male reproductive system, this can spread to the prostate capsule and into the seminal vesicles, and at times, the lymph nodes in the pelvis.
- Skin Cancer: Cancers which affect the skin include basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and Kaposi sarcoma.
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma: A rare type of cancer that begins by attacking soft tissue in the body, including fat, muscle, nerves, tendons, and blood and lymph vessels.
- Stomach Cancer: A gastric cancer that begins in the lining of the stomach, and which can develop over several years with few, if any, symptoms.
- Thyroid Cancer: Affects the small gland that’s part of the endocrine system, which creates hormones related to heart rate, temperature, mental function, and metabolism.
In addition to this list of cancers, the following conditions also took their toll on many because of 9/11.
- Asthma: Chronic lung disease which inflames and narrows the airways.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Collective term for chronic lung diseases which include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Digestive disorder that affects the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach.
- Interstitial Lung Disease: Collective term for a number of disorders which cause scarring of the lungs, leading to breathing difficulty.
- Sleep Apnea: A disorder that affects the ability to breathe while sleeping, impeding the flow of oxygen to the brain.
Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP has won over millions of dollars in compensation for many individuals, including first responders, local residents and commuters, whose lives were either lost or irreparably damaged by the cancers and conditions listed above. If you or a loved one spent any period of time south of Canal Street between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002 and had the misfortune of suffering any of these diseases, you may well be entitled to file a claim for compensation.
Please be aware that time is limited, as the fund is dwindling, and the rewards which you may be eligible for may be smaller or limited if you do not act now. Contact us at 1-855-WTC-INFO or visit us online at 911cancerclaim.com to arrange for a free case review.