Our Attorneys Can Help with Your 9/11 Soft Tissue Cancer Claim
There is a well-known link between exposure to the toxin-laden dust of Ground Zero and cancer. Individuals who were exposed to it, especially rescue and recovery workers, are at a much higher risk of developing many types of cancers than the general population. According to a recent study, the risk of thyroid cancer among Ground Zero workers was double that of the general population, while the risk of leukemia was 41% higher, prostate cancer was 25% higher, and the overall risk of cancer was 9% higher.
While it is less common than other types of 9/11-related cancers, sarcoma also poses a risk to survivors. Below is an overview of sarcoma and its effects on 9/11 survivors. If you believe that you or someone you love is exhibiting symptoms of sarcoma, please contact a 9/11 lawyer for more information.
What Is 9/11 Sarcoma?
Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that occurs in the bones and soft tissues of the body. It differs from the more common forms of carcinoma because it occurs in connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, muscles, fat, tendons, cartilage, and nerves. There are over 70 types of sarcomas, including:
- Ewing sarcoma
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Synovial sarcoma
Symptoms of sarcoma include:
- Bone pain
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- A lump that can be felt through the skin (either with or without accompanying pain)
- Broken bones as a result of minor (or no) injury
The exact causes of sarcoma are unknown. However, like most cancers, it forms as a result of mutations in the DNA within cells. These mutations then tell the cells to grow, divide, and continue living when non-cancerous cells would die. The accumulating cells then form a tumor, from whence they can break away and spread to other parts of the body. It is believed that exposure to radiation and certain types of chemicals can increase an individual’s risk of developing sarcoma. The five-year survival rate for soft-tissue sarcoma varies according to how far it has spread through the body. For localized sarcoma, the survival rate is 81%. The survival rate drops to 57% for regional sarcoma and 16% for distant sarcoma. The overall survival rate is 65%.
Sarcoma in 9/11 Survivors
Sarcoma is one of the hundreds of types of cancers that have been observed in 9/11 survivors. Two types of sarcomas are currently covered conditions under the World Trade Center Health Program: myeloid sarcoma (a subcategory of myeloid leukemia), and sarcoma of the liver. Given its relative rarity, other types of sarcomas may also qualify as covered conditions under the WTC Health Program’s rare cancers scheme, which applies to any type of cancer that occurs in less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year based on age-adjusted 2005-2009 average annual data.
Contact a 9/11 Soft Tissue Cancer Lawyer for More Information
For more information about the benefits available to sufferers of 9/11-related cancers, including sarcoma, please contact a 9/11 lawyer at Pitta & Baione by using our online contact form or by calling us at 844-982-2667.
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Secured an expedited award for a former Lower Manhattan corporate executive who developed 9/11 breast cancer.
Favorable result secured for an NYPD detective who responded to the attacks and later suffered from 9/11 brain cancer.
Secured a wrongful death claim on behalf of a union carpenter who worked on the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 lung cancer.
Secured a favorable result for an area worker in Lower Manhattan who later developed 9/11 thyroid cancer.
Secured an expedited award for New York State Supreme Court employee who was disabled by 9/11 brain cancer.
Secured a wrongful death award on behalf of a Lower Manhattan corporate executive who was diagnosed with 9/11 leukemia.
Secured an expedited award for a union carpenter who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung cancer.
Secured an expedited award for a Local 94 operating engineer who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and was later found disabled by 9/11 lung disease.
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Secured an xpedited award for a DSNY sanitation worker who assisted in the 9/11 cleanup efforts at Ground Zero and was later diagnosed with 9/11 nasal cavity cancer.
Secured an expedited award for a New York City Department of Corrections corrections officer who served as a volunteer responder on 9/11 and later developed a disabling and rare 9/11 brain cancer.
Secured a favorable result for a wrongful death claim on behalf of a TWU Local 100 MTA worker who participated in the 9/11 recovery efforts and later developed 9/11 lung cancer.
Successfully represented an union carpenter who built temporary structures at Ground Zero as a 9/11 responder and later developed disabling 9/11 colon cancer.
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