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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:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Ablation or embolization

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.