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    Troy Rosasco

    The Death Toll for 9/11 Firefighters Continues to Rise with Late-Onset Cancers

    Over 5,000 people have died from 9/11-related illnesses, including those who worked, lived, and went to school in Lower Manhattan – almost double the number of lives lost on that day. More than two decades after the attacks, the death toll for 9/11 firefighters continues to rise with over 340 members of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) who have now died from 9/11-related illnesses. 

    One of the primary factors for the rising death toll is late-onset cancers linked to exposure to toxic substances at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, or the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site. 9/11 firefighters face an ongoing threat to their health, with new cases of cancer emerging long after the collapse of the Twin Towers created the cloud of dust and debris that filled the air in lower Manhattan and lingered for almost a year after the attacks. With the increased risk of developing cancer, understanding the various late-onset 9/11 cancers that affect firefighters and how to access ongoing medical monitoring is essential. 

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    Exploring the Connection Between Skin Cancer and 9/11

    Skin cancer is, by far, the most common cancer certified by the World Trade Center Health Program as related to exposure to the 9/11 toxins, including not only first responders but also anyone who lived, worked, or went to school in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and July 31, 2022.  Non-melanoma skin cancer has been definitively linked to 9/11 exposure in 8,019 responders and 3,159 non-responders such as area workers, residents, and students. The 9/11 toxins have been linked to melanoma of the skin in 878 responders and 460 non-responders, including downtown Manhattan workers, residents, and students. Melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers are among the top 10 most common 9/11-related cancers reported among those present in the aftermath of 9/11. 

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    May is Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness Month- Here's What That Means for You as a 9/11 Victim

    May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month and serves to highlight that Skin Cancer is the most common (by far) cancer suffered by 9/11 victims as a result of the toxic exposure in downtown Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002. To date, over 10,500 9/11 victims have been “certified” by the World Trade Center Health Program with either Basal cell or Squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, over 1250 9/11 victims have been diagnosed with Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and the most difficult to treat.

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    Understanding 9/11 New York Workers’ Compensation Claims

    In addition to federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) benefits, 9/11 victims may also be entitled to 9/11 New York State Workers’ Compensation Board benefits. However, it is important to note that any workers’ compensation benefits received by a 9/11 victim are a “collateral offset'' to any compensation from the VCF. Therefore, 9/11 victims who pursue both types of benefits may not receive more actual “net” compensation at the end of the day.

    Pursuit of New York Workers’ Compensation Board 9/11 benefits (especially by “Section 32 Settlement Agreements”) may also impact a 9/11 victims' rights to free lifetime health benefits from the World Trade Center Health Program

    Prior to pursuing both 9/11 VCF benefits and New York State Workers’ Compensation benefits at the same time, you should speak to an experienced 9/11 Victim Lawyer to discuss any coordination of benefits

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    Navigating the Impact and Implications of GERD in 9/11 Responders and Survivors

    Chronic health conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have been a monumental struggle for thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors. Fortunately, help is available. For those who have developed GERD as a result of the terrorist attacks, medical monitoring and treatment are available through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), and financial compensation is available through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Understanding the condition and how it relates to the 9/11 terrorist attacks is the first step for responders and survivors in navigating the support that is available to them.

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    September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month – Here's What You Need to Know about 9/11 Prostate Cancer Claims

    Prostate cancer is a major health concern for men around the world, affecting millions of men globally. But did you know there's a shocking connection between the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and an increased risk of prostate cancer? September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a good time to delve into the facts about prostate cancer and 9/11 exposure, explore symptoms of prostate cancer, and consider the treatment options and avenues for financial compensation that are available to 9/11 first responders and survivors through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

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    Knowing Your Options for Breast Cancer Surgery

    Breast cancer is the third most common cancer caused by the 9/11 dust and fumes. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) reports over 2,625 cases of 9/11 caused breast cancer since that program opened in 2011. Of this total, 480 responders and 2,145 survivors – people who lived, worked, or were students in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002 – were diagnosed with 9/11-related breast cancer. There are likely thousands more women (and men) who have been diagnosed with breast cancer since 2001 and do not know of the link between their presence in lower Manhattan in 2001-2002 and a diagnosed case of breast cancer, often a decade or more later. 

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