Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers include cancers affecting the oral cavity, throat, voice box, sinuses, nasal cavity, and salivary gland; all of which have been found among 9/11 first responders and survivors. These types of cancer have been linked to the widely toxic dust and fumes circulating Lower Manhattan and Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

Researchers from Rutgers University released a study in January 2019 that found an increase in head and neck cancer among first responders by 40 percent since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Out of all types of head and neck cancers, throat cancer saw the most notable rate of increase. Among 9/11 first responders, head and neck cancers were most likely to be diagnosed in individuals who were over 55 and directly involved in the rescue and recovery efforts.

Treatment for these cancers are:

  • Surgery
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Palliative pain treatment
  • Proton beam therapy
  • Vaccines


Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the representation of individuals who have been injured or have loved ones who have been injured by exposure from the toxic debris of 9/11. Our firm is handling litigation related to these claims nationwide.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with a 9/11-related head or neck cancer, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.

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