Melanoma is one of the more common types of skin cancer
Melanoma is a more severe type of skin cancer that can be fatal, but it affects only approximately one percent (1%) of all skin cancer cases. More than 90,000 people are diagnosed with melanomas each year, with more men developing melanoma than women. Of these 90,000 people, more than 9,000 of them will die from melanoma. While statistically, melanoma affects more men than women, cases of melanoma in women under the age of forty (40) are on the rise.
Can you get melanoma skin cancer from world trade center exposure and is this covered under the Zadroga Act?
I am not a doctor but as a lawyer I have seen melanoma skin cancer be related to 9/11 exposure. The unfortunate truth is is that when those buildings collapsed, they released all sorts of harmful particles and dust debris into the air. The people who spent their time in the cleanup effort along with victims who were caught in immediate aftermath and dust cloud were all exposed to these chemicals.
The cancers and other conditions caused by these chemicals are the whole momentous behind the VCF program. This statute was set up to help these people exposed to these harmful contaminants. If you were to apply to the VCF or if you’re thinking about applying to the VCF, you might be surprised to find a wide variety of injuries that could be related to your exposure on 9/11. I would recommend to anybody if you really do believe that you could possibly qualify, give us a call you really have nothing to lose.
Sun exposure, the use of tanning beds, and other sources of ultraviolet radiation can contribute to the risk of developing melanoma. Factors such as age, genetics, and exposure to other environmental hazards may also increase a person’s chances of developing melanoma, the third most common type of cancer 9/11 first responders and survivors have developed since the World Trade Center was attacked nearly two decades ago. More than 500 first responders and more than 40 survivors have developed melanoma of the skin, demonstrating that exposure to toxic substances resulting from the 9/11 terror attacks is a significant risk factor 9/11 victims should understand.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our nationally-recognized New York 9/11 Zadroga Cancer Claims Lawyers understand just how devastating cancer can be, especially when cancer can be linked to the 9/11 attacks. Our law firm provides legal representation to numerous 9/11 cancer victims, helping them seek and receive compensation through the Victim Compensation Fund established under the 9/11 Zadroga Act.
Melanoma and Exposure to Toxins Resulting from the 9/11 Terror Attacks
Because skin cancer is common, with hundreds of thousands of individuals diagnosed with skin cancer each year, every person, regardless of age, should undergo routine screening to check for signs of skin cancer. However, 9/11 first responders and survivors should be extra cautious of the warning signs of melanoma given the significant number of first responders and survivors who are already suffering from melanoma. While many people may not experience or be aware of any symptoms, it is still essential to be mindful of the following signs of melanoma that include, but may not be limited to:
- The development of a mole or spot on the skin that has multiple colors or irregular shape;
- The growth or expansion of existing moles;
- Any other skin changes that appear in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun and other forms of ultraviolet radiation such as the face, back, arms, and legs;
- Fatigue; and
- Flu-like symptoms.
Even though many people will overcome melanoma, the damage has already been done in the form of immune-suppressing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. The effects of treatment can be just as debilitating as cancer itself. As such, seeking and obtaining compensation for victims under the 9/11 Zadroga Act is essential to help these victims cope and overcome a severe and life-threatening disease. All 9/11 first responders and survivors should know they have options available to them if they develop melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers.
Contact a New York 9/11 Zadroga Melanoma Cancer Claim Attorney Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Whether you are a 9/11 first responder or survivor and have been diagnosed with melanoma or you are concerned about a loved one, it is essential to consider your legal options by speaking with a New York 9/11 Zadroga Melanoma Claims attorney right away. With four office locations in New York, Parker Waichman LLP is a law firm that provides legal representation to victims of 9/11, including first responders and survivors who have developed cancer. To explore your potential legal options under the 9/11 Zadroga Act, contact the Melanoma Claims Lawyers of Parker Waichman LLP today by calling (800) YOUR-LAWYER (968-7529) to schedule your free consultation.
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