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After the attack on September 11th, many people living and working in the area that came to be known as “Ground Zero” continued to suffer as they lost loved ones or suffered illness and disease in the aftermath. In response to this suffering, the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) was created to help in recovery efforts for those who continued to suffer due to illness from the attacks.

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with colon cancer? It is advisable to reach out to a 9/11 colon cancer attorney from Pitta & Baione LLP to discuss your claim under the program. You and your family may be eligible for compensation.


Colon cancer has many risk factors and potential causes. Some of these risk factors that 9/11 survivors may have been susceptible to include:

  • Exposure to chemicals or radiation
  • Sedentary lifestyle as a result of suffering and recovering from another disease or illness
  • Radiation from treating other cancers
  • Inflammatory illnesses

Additional risks include smoking, alcohol use, diet, and obesity.


Due to location, symptoms of colon cancer are more directly related to the affected area than some other diseases. These symptoms can still vary, however, based on how advanced the cancer is and where it is specifically located within the colon. Some common symptoms of colon cancer are:

  • Changes in bowel movements, including constipation or diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool
  • Constant cramps and abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
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Diagnosing colon cancer usually involves a colonoscopy, where a camera and tube will go through the colon to check for affected areas. If there are polyps or other areas of concern, the doctor is able to take a biopsy for additional testing. Blood tests can also confirm a diagnosis for colon cancer.


Treatment for colon cancer varies, depending on when the cancer is identified and how much of it is present. If the cancer is found early, the cancerous tissues can be removed during a colonoscopy or with minor surgery. As the cancer grows, the procedure to surgically remove it is more invasive. In more advanced cases, parts of the colon may need to be removed completely, and a colostomy – where a hole is made in the abdomen to allow waste to leave the body – will be placed. A colostomy bag can be temporary or permanent.

Contact a 9/11 Colon Cancer Lawyer

Colon cancer is a serious diagnosis, but you do not have to suffer alone. If you or a loved one suffer from colon cancer that is related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 colon cancer attorney at Pitta & Baione LLP by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-901-1312.

Blood & Lymphoid Cancer

Digestive System Cancer

  • Colon
  • Esophagus
  • Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts
  • Other and ill-defined digestive organ conditions
  • Rectosigmoid junction
  • Rectum
  • Retroperitoneumand peritoneum
  • Stomach

Eye and Orbital Cancer

Female Breast Cancer

The WTCHP recognized the link between exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), other toxins, and the development of breast cancer. The WTCHP allows 9/11 breast cancer victims to receive medical treatment and also provides monitoring to first responders and survivors for proper screening of all 9/11-related medical conditions.

Brain Cancer

Exposure to the harmful post-9/11 elements increased the chance of brain cancer in survivors.

Examples of VCF eligible primary brain cancers include, but are not limited to, the malignant forms of:

  • Gliomas: Tumors that begin in the brain or spinal cord
    • Astrocytoma
    • Ependymoma
    • Glioblastoma
    • Oligodendroglioma
  • Meningiomas: Tumors that arise from the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord
  • Acoustic neuromas: Tumors that develop on the nerves that control balance and hearing
  • Pituitary carcinomas: Tumors that develop in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain
  • Medulloblastomas: Tumors that begin in the lower back part of the brain and spread through spinal fluid

Ovarian Cancer

Most cases of ovarian cancer require surgery to remove the cancer and often will require a series of surgeries. As with other cancers, chemotherapy and radiation may be used to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Some possible symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual changes

Respiratory System Cancer

  • Bronchus and lung
  • Heart, mediastinum, and pleura
  • Other and ill-defined sites in the respiratory system and intrathoracic organs
  • Trachea

Thyroid Cancer

Uterine Cancer

9/11 uterine cancer patients qualify to receive federally-funded medical monitoring and treatment as well as potential compensation through the VCF.

Uterine cancer has various subtypes. These subtypes include:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Uterine papillary serous carcinoma
  • Uterine clear cell carcinoma
  • Uterine carcinosarcoma (CS)
  • Uterine sarcoma

Rare Cancers

  • Malignant neoplasms of the adrenal gland and other endocrine glands and related structures
  • Anus and anal canal
  • Bone and articular cartilage
  • Breast among men
  • Gallbladder and other parts of biliary tract
  • Meninges, brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, and other parts of central nervous system
  • Pancreas
  • Penis and testis
  • Placenta
  • Small intestine
  • Thymus
  • Vulva, vagina, and cervix uteri (invasive only)
  • Malignant neuroendocrine neoplasm, including carcinoid tumors
  • Myeloid neoplasms, including myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, and myeloid malignancies associated with eosinophilia and abnormalities of growth factor receptors derived from platelets or fibroblasts
  • Other cancers that meet the threshold incidence rate of less than 15 cases per 100,000 persons per year based on age-adjusted 2005-2009 average annual data.


Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is found in the mesothelium tissue of the body. This tissue lines a number of vital organs, including the lungs, stomach, and heart.

Symptoms generally include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Chest tightness or pain

Aerodigestive Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Responders who received treatment for a WTC-related musculoskeletal disorder, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or lower back pain, on or before September 11, 2003 are eligible for coverage.

Acute Traumatic Injury

Responders and survivors who received treatment for a WTC-related acute traumatic injury on or before September 11, 2003 are eligible for coverage. Examples include:

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No one should have to bear the costs of battling a 9/11 cancer or illness alone. It only takes a few minutes to see if you may be eligible for free healthcare benefits and other compensation. Having a lawyer by your side can help you maximize the benefits you receive, and ensure your rights are protected.
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