Research Reveals Elevated Cancer Rate in WTC Responders Parker Waichman Comments

A study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine has found an excessive cancer incidence among World Trade Center (WTC) responders.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that has spent many years fighting to ensure that the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are never forgotten, comments on the findings of a new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Researchers looked at three cohorts that were followed in three longitudinal studies of cancer incidence among World Trade Center (WTC) responders, and analyzed the findings and methodological differences. The authors found that “Separate analyses of these cohorts revealed excess cancer incidence in responders for all cancers combined and for cancers of the thyroid and prostate.”


The authors concluded that, “The presence of three cohorts strengthens the effort of identifying and quantifying the cancer risk; the heterogeneity in design might increase sensitivity to the identification of cancers potentially associated with exposure. The presence and magnitude of an increased cancer risk remains to be fully elucidated. Continued long-term follow up with minimal longitudinal dropout is crucial to achieve this goal.”


Parker Waichman comments that exposure to toxic dust at Ground Zero has been linked to numerous health conditions. “Research continues to show that 9/11 responders suffer from serious illnesses as a result of their service,” said Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at the firm. “These findings further confirm the need for Zadroga Act benefits, which provide medical treatment, monitoring, and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors.”


The firm has stood alongside responders, survivors and, advocates fighting to renew the Zadroga Act. Congress recently voted to reauthorize the Act, extending benefits to sick responders. The WTC Health Program, which provides medical treatment and monitoring, has been renewed until 2090 and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has been reopened for another five years.


Parker Waichman actively worked toward the 2010 passage of the Zadroga Act, including taking part in lobbying efforts and trips to the nation’s capital, often along with the firm’s clients—other responders and survivors. Parker Waichman has fought for permanent extension of the Act, taking part in numerous lobbying efforts and being part of various delegations and rallies.


The firm vows to continue its efforts to safeguard 9/11 heroes and survivors and ensure that all deserved Zadroga Act compensation is received. To determine eligibility for compensation under the Act, or for assistance with a claim, please visit Parker Waichman’s website or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).


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