No. The World Trade Center Health Treatment Program (WTCHP) and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) —both of which were placed under the Zadroga Act in 2010—understand the difficulties associated with making such an absolute connection. Therefore, there is a presumption that those exposed to Ground Zero toxins, who meet all other requirements, will have their cancer deemed related to 9/11. This is true, even without a medical opinion or copies of medical records from the treating physician.
More than 3,700 survivors and responders of 9/11 have developed some form of cancer. The most prevalent cancers include non-melanoma skin cancers, prostate cancer, lymphoma, skin melanoma, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and kidney cancer. Other types of cancer related to 9/11 include:
- Colon cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Oropharynx cancer
- Rectal Cancer
One survivor of 9/11 died of mesothelioma, which is related to asbestos exposure and normally has a latency period of 10-50 years. As the dust of 9/11 settled over those in the area, scientists and health officials scrambled to determine exactly what was in the dust and how dangerous it was to those breathing it.
An analysis of the dust showed it contained gypsum, asbestos, cement, glass fibers, lead, calcium carbonate and other metal particles. The asbestos in the toxic dust is a human carcinogen, particularly at the levels seen following 9/11, and can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.
As lives continue to be claimed and individuals continue to develop serious 9/11-related cancers, including mesothelioma, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable 9/11 lawyers regarding your eligible medical treatment and your expected compensation.
Turley Hansen & Partners have the resources and experience needed to represent first responders and survivors of 9/11. Call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) to discuss a potential 9/11 mesothelioma or cancer claim through the Victim Compensation Fund.