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The World Trade Center Health Program was started to help survivors as they deal with and recover from diseases related to 9/11. If you or a loved one suffer from 9/11 prostate cancer, contact a 9/11 benefits attorney at Pitta & Baione LLP to learn if your prostate cancer may be covered by the program.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosis among members of the World Trade Center Health Program (WTC). As discussed in our recent blog posts, it is estimated that 500,000 people were exposed to WTC dust and 9/11 toxins on, and in the months following, September 11, 2001. Of the 500,000 people exposed, only 75,000 have enrolled in the WTC Program.


Prostate cancer is found in the prostate gland of men when cells begin to grow out of control. It is very common, and about one out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The most common type of prostate cancer is adenocarcinoma, which is cancer that forms from the gland cells in the prostate. Other types of prostate cancer are small cell carcinomas, neuroendocrine tumors, transitional cell carcinoma, and sarcoma. Usually if caught early, prostate cancer can be completely treated.


In 2013, epidemiologists reviewed data on 20,984 responders collected by the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital between 2001 and 2008. The study revealed that responders were diagnosed with prostate cancer at a rate 17 percent higher than the general population. Prompted in part by the results of this study, in May 2013 the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association petitioned the World Trade Center Health Program Administrator Dr. John Howard to include prostate cancer on the list of covered conditions.

Prior to this petition, the World Trade Center Health Program covered over 60 other forms of cancer, but not prostate. Dr. Howard reviewed the study, along with additional research showing increased prevalence of prostate cancer among 9/11 survivors exposed population, and decided to add it to the list of covered conditions on July 2, 2013.

New research shows that prostate cancer is being diagnosed at an unexpected, alarming rate among men who worked at or around Ground Zero. Specifically, three consecutive studies reveal a diagnosis rate higher than that of the general population. One 2016 issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, which was dedicated entirely to 9/11-related illnesses, included a study of 24,000 9/11 first responders that revealed prostate cancer as the most common form of cancer. The study detailed 685 cancer diagnoses. Prostate cancer accounted for nearly 33% of all male illnesses.

Dr. Michael Crane, director of the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, commented “We are seeing some very young men with prostate cancer. The youngest one is 34. Some guys have walked through the door of our center with very advanced-stage disease, and I can tell you this is something that is very rough on their families.”


Symptoms of prostate cancer include changes in urination, blood in urine or semen, and erectile dysfunction. Diagnosing prostate cancer also involves other common cancer diagnostic tools such as biopsy, blood testing, MRI, and x-ray to determine if and how much the cancer has spread. Determining the extent of the cancer will help develop a treatment plan.


Since prostate cancer can be diagnosed fairly early in many cases, treatment may completely remove the cancer and prevent it from returning. Common treatments are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, and other targeted medications. Due to the prostate being involved in this cancer, various doctors may be involved in treatment, including urologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. With a thorough team of doctors and a detailed treatment plan, 9/11 prostate cancer is survivable.


Contact a 9/11 Prostate Cancer Lawyer

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

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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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