9/11 Colon Cancer (Colorectal Cancer)
Colon (colorectal) cancer is unfortunately common among 9/11 responders and downtown survivors. This is one of the reasons colonoscopies are highly recommended for those who were exposed to 9/11 toxins at or near Ground Zero and lower Manhattan. Turley Hansen represents many 9/11 responders and survivors with colon and/or rectum cancer.
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common. Most colorectal cancers begin as a growth on the inner lining of the colon or rectum called a polyp. Some types of polyps can change into cancer over the course of several years, but not all polyps become cancer. The chance of changing into a cancer depends on the kind of polyp. This is why colonoscopies are so important. Early detection of colon cancer can be life saving.
Treatment for colorectal cancer may include:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Ablation or embolization
- Read inspiring stories of colon cancer survivors here.
- Learn more about colon cancer from Stony Brook University, one of the World Trade Center Health Program’s Clinical Centers of Excellence, here.
Should you have questions about medical care or an award for colorectal cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.