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9/11 Cancer Rate Spikes by 64% Since 2018

April, 2020

In our last report on the number of individuals enrolled in the WTC Health Program with cancer diagnoses in 2018, the number stood at 9,795. This number included Ground Zero responders, downtown residents, workers, and students. According to the WTC Health Program’s most recent report (December 2019), that number has now grown to 16,045 — a staggering 63.8% increase in just over two years. This follows our previously-reported increase of 3,800% between 2013 and 2018. Through 2025, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that there will be 35,000 9/11-related cancer diagnoses. 

There are several explanations as to why these numbers are increasing so rapidly. One of the more benign theories is that, as more people become aware of the risk of 9/11-exposure, more are seeking diagnoses and help from the WTC Health Program. A more concerning theory is that many 9/11-related cancers are latent, meaning that the number of individuals diagnosed will not plateau, but continue to increase over time. Both of these theories underscore the continued need for financial resources and medical care for 9/11 first responders and survivors. If you need to file a 911 cancer claim, contact our office today.

The Top 15 Certified Cancers for 9/11 Survivors

According to the report, the top 15 certified cancers for WTC Health Program enrollees were: 

  1. Non-melanoma skin
  2. Prostate
  3. Breast – female
  4. Melanoma of skin
  5. Lymphoma
  6. Thyroid 
  7. Lung/bronchus
  8. Kidney
  9. Leukemia
  10. Colon
  11. Bladder
  12. Myeloma
  13. Oropharynx
  14. Rectum 
  15. Lip

Other Covered Cancers For Which You May Be Entitled to Make a 911 Cancer Claim

Additional forms of cancer covered by both the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the WTC Health Program include: 

  • Blood and lymphoid tissue
    • Diffuse non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Hodgkin’s disease
    • Leukemia of unspecified cell type 
    • Lymphoid leukemia
    • Malignant immunoproliferative diseases 
    • Monocytic leukemia
    • Multiple myeloma and malignant plasma cell neoplasms
    • Myeloid leukemia
    • Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue
    • Other and unspecified types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Other leukemias of specified cell type
    • Peripheral and cutaneous T-cell lymphomas
  • All childhood cancers
  • Female breast
    • Malignant neoplasm of breast
  • Female reproductive organs
    • Malignant neoplasm of ovary
  • Malignant neoplasms of the digestive system
    • Colon
    • Esophagus
    • Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts 
    • Other and ill-defined digestive organs
    • Rectosigmoid junction
    • Rectum
    • Retroperitoneum and peritoneum
    • Stomach
  • Malignant neoplasm of eye and orbit
    • Eye and adnexa
  • Malignant neoplasms of the head and neck
    • Accessory sinuses
    • Base of tongue
    • Floor of mouth
    • Gum
    • Hypopharynx
    • Larynx 
    • Lip 
    • Nasal cavity
    • Nasopharynx
    • Oropharynx
    • Other and ill-defined conditions in the lip, oral cavity, and pharynx
    • Other and unspecified major salivary glands
    • Other and unspecified parts of mouth
    • Other and unspecified parts of tongue
    • Palate
    • Parotid gland
    • Piriform sinus
    • Tonsil
  • Malignant neoplasms of the Respiratory System
    • Bronchus and lung
    • Heart, mediastinum and pleura
    • Other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
    • Trachea
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Urinary System
    • Bladder
    • Kidney except renal pelvis
    • Other and unspecified urinary organs
    • Prostate
    • Renal pelvis
    • Ureter
  • Malignant neoplasm of Skin (non-Melanoma)
    • Scrotum
    • Other malignant neoplasm of skin
  • Malignant Neoplasm of the Soft Tissue
    • Peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system
    • Other connective and soft tissue
  • Mesothelium
  • Melanoma
    • Malignant melanoma of skin
  • Rare cancers
  • Thyroid
    • Malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland

Please see our Covered Conditions page for more information about each type of cancer covered. 

Please Contact Us for More Information About Making a 911 Cancer Claim

If you suffer from any of the above conditions and lived, worked, or studied in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 or in the months after, you may be eligible to make a 911 cancer claim. To get started, please contact the experienced 9/11 victims’ lawyers at Pitta & Baione by using our online contact form or by calling us at 844-982-2667.