A “latency period” is the time between first exposure to a cancer-causing agent (such as Ground Zero dust and toxins) and the diagnosis of a 9/11 related cancer. Latency periods vary by cancer type, but for some cancers may be 15 to 20 years or longer. The Minimum Latency Periods for certain types of 9/11 Cancers are:


  • Eleven (11) years for Mesothelioma;
  • Four (4) years for solid (“An abnormal mass of tissue that usually does not contain cysts or liquid areas”) cancers, other than mesothelioma, lymphoproliferative, thyroid cancers and childhood cancers;
  • One hundred forty-six days (146 days) for certain blood cancers, including leukemia, multiple myeloma and lymphoma;
  • Two and a half years (2 ½) for thyroid cancers, and
  • One year (1) for childhood cancers.


If you have suffered 9/11-related cancer or other condition or disease from 9/11, it would be helpful to speak to a qualified 9/11 lawyer about “latency periods” who can help determine whether you are eligible for 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 cancer claim through the Victim Compensation Fund.