Months following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan was enveloped in toxic dust. Many of the people who lived, worked, and studied in the area surrounding the towers, and the first responders who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero, were seriously injured as a result. The inhalation of this dust—which contained several dangerous substances, including asbestos, chromium, and benzene—has led to long-term health complications and even death.
The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) recognizes breast cancer as a 9/11-related health condition. The WTCHP determines the types of cancers are covered based on medical studies show the frequency of certain cancers among 9/11 survivors compared to the unexposed population. It also bases its decision on the existence of any peer-reviewed medical studies that link a type of cancer to the types of carcinogens found in the Exposure Zone.
If you developed breast cancer and were in the Exposure Zone, contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP to discuss your 9/11 breast cancer claim right away.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers that has been linked to 9/11 toxic exposure. If you have breast cancer or have lost a loved one to breast cancer, and were in the Exposure Zone, you may be eligible to receive substantial compensation by filing a claim under the Zadroga Act’s September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP has helped countless victims of 9/11-related illnesses obtain the compensation they deserve in a timely manner. Contact us today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast, though it can spread to other parts of the body. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting American women. Sadly, the death rate for breast cancer is higher for women than any other form of the disease, except lung cancer.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer symptoms vary widely, depending on the type of breast cancer, the density and composition of the breast, and the stage of cancer. However, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Irritation of the skin on or around the breast
- Skin dimpling
- Breast pain
- Nipple pain
- Nipple inversion
- Changes to the breast skin
- Nipple discharge
- Lump on the breast or underarm area
If you are concerned that you might have breast cancer, seek immediate medical attention. Depending on the type and stage of breast cancer, treatment can be local only, such as a lumpectomy (removing the lump) or mastectomy (removing the entire breast), or it can also involve radiation, chemotherapy, and/or hormone therapy.
9/11 and Breast Cancer Development
Among victims who were present in the Exposure Zone from September 11th, 2001 to May 30, 2002, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers found. At first, the link between breast cancer and WTC response was thought to be weak, which severely limited the kind of care and compensation available to victims suffering from 9/11-related breast cancer.
Following further research, however, it was determined that exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), one of the substances found in the toxic WTC dust, increases the risk of developing breast cancer. As a result of these findings, breast cancer was certified by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2013 as a qualifying medical condition for both health care and compensation. This is even true for victims of male breast cancer. As such, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses by filing a 9/11 breast cancer claim.
Rare Male Breast Cancer Development Following September 11
While breast cancer is most commonly thought of as being a concern only for women, following the 9/11 tragedies there has been an abnormal increase in rare male breast cancer development. While traditionally less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men, anyone present in the Ground Zero Exposure Zone should monitor their health for any abnormal symptoms.
Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP Today
If you or a loved one has breast cancer and were present in the New York City Exposure Zone, the skilled legal team at Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP can help. Our experienced 9/11 Fund lawyers can help you determine whether you are eligible for these programs and ensure that your 9/11 breast cancer claim is properly presented so that you receive the maximum compensation available to you. Don’t go through this trying time alone – we can help. Contact Weisfuse & Weisfuse, LLP today at 212-983-3000 for a free and confidential consultation about your VCF breast cancer claim.