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9/11 Breast Cancer Claims

The 9/11 terrorist attacks continue to have a lasting impact on first responders and survivors who suffer from cancer and other serious medical conditions. As of 2023, 87,183 responders and 42,620 survivors for a total of nearly 130,000 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) since its inception in 2011. Approximately 69 percent of the claims have been filed by first responders, with the majority of claimants being males.

Females comprise only 26 percent of all WTCHP claims filed to date, yet breast cancer ranks third among the top fifteen certified cancers. This is proof of the strong link between exposure to 9/11 toxins and the development of breast cancer. Female first responders and survivors, as well as a small percentage of male first responders and survivors, often feel as if the clock is ticking before they might face a breast cancer diagnosis.

While breast cancer is a risk for all women, the significantly increased possibility of developing this condition after having been exposed to 9/11 toxins continues to create anxiety and uncertainty for first responders and survivors. 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.

Find out if you’re eligible to receive compensation from the funds set aside for 9/11 breast cancer victims. Call us at 844-901-1312. 


No amount of compensation can undo the damage caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) allows qualifying 9/11 breast cancer victims, as well as their loved ones, to seek compensation for the pain, suffering, and in some cases, wrongful death of innocent first responders and survivors. At Pitta & Baione LLP, our team of 9/11 lawyers have recovered more than $300 million in compensation for clients through the VCF. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with 9/11-related breast cancer, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim by calling  (844) 901-1312.

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Breast cancer was added to the long list of 9/11-related health conditions nearly 10 years ago. Since then, thousands of 9/11 survivors and responders have developed breast cancer, with most of these individuals being women, as well as a small percentage of men. As of December 31, 2022, a total of 480 responders and 2,145 survivors have filed 9/11 breast cancer claims, seeking benefits under the WTCHP, amounting to a total of 2,625 9/11 breast cancer victims.

Because of the long latency period between exposure to toxins and the development of cancer, it is anticipated that 9/11 breast cancer claims will continue to be among the top certified cancers under the WTCHP.


The WTCHP recognized the link between exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the development of breast cancer. PCBs are considered as just one of the many 9/11 toxins that responders and survivors were exposed to.

As such, other toxins, in addition to PCBs, may contribute to the development of breast cancer in the 9/11 population, and this includes some men. Because of the health consequences associated with exposure to 9/11 toxins (including the possible development of breast cancer), the WTCHP covers screening programs for all qualifying 9/11 responders and survivors.


Successfully fighting breast cancer requires early detection, which can only be achieved by allowing frequent screenings to the 9/11 community. The WTCHP offers breast cancer screening to survivors and responders between the ages of 50 and 74, which allows qualifying individuals to receive a digital mammogram once every other year. A mammogram is a potentially lifesaving diagnostic tool that identifies if cancer is present, thus allowing for prompt treatment.


Assistance from the WTCHP is paramount to the early detection of breast cancer. Many 9/11 victims, however, have already received a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as treatment. In some cases, these victims have already died. The pain and suffering associated with both the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the development of breast cancer is far-reaching and often permanent. As such, the federally-funded VCF provides a means for 9/11 breast cancer victims to seek compensation for what they have suffered.

No sum of money can undo the damage caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent exposure to 9/11 toxins. Monetary restitution, however, is the closest measure to help those who have suffered – through no fault of their own – and the VCF provides the best opportunity for 9/11 breast cancer victims to seek the compensation they deserve. Most breast cancer claims are awarded a minimum of $250,000 for the pain and suffering attributable to the disease.


While individuals can file VCF claims without the help of an attorney, hiring a 9/11 lawyer to handle the claims process helps to ensure that it has been properly filed and all required documentation has been submitted. Additionally, by choosing to work with an attorney, 9/11 breast cancer victims can limit the possibility of a small mistake taking place, which might result in the complete denial of a VCF claim.

Moreover, 9/11 breast cancer victims should not be burdened by paperwork or the stress of ensuring that a VCF claim is properly filed. As a result, a 9/11 cancer lawyer can help you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your VCF claim. This is why 9/11 lawyers are here to help. Allowing claimants to seek and receive medical treatment – while working with a law firm to seek compensation through the VCF – is the best way to help 9/11 breast cancer victims navigate a challenging road ahead.


At Pitta & Baione LLP, our 9/11 breast cancer claim lawyers have spent their careers fighting to ensure that first responders and survivors have the resources they need for decades to come. And remember: The best chance of fighting breast cancer is early detection.

If you are a 9/11 breast cancer victim, or are concerned about being diagnosed with this condition, you may be eligible to receive benefits under the WTCHP and compensation from the VCF. To find out if you qualify to receive 9/11 benefits and potential compensation, contact the 9/11 lawyers of Pitta & Baione LLP today by calling (844) 901-1312 for a free consultation.

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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