Multiple myeloma is a common cancer among first responders and people that resided in Downtown Manhattan during and after the 9/11 attacks. This type of cancer affects the plasma cells and prevents the normal production of antibodies.
Multiple myeloma results in weak bone structure, leading to broken or fractured bones from only minor stress injuries. While any bone can be affected, the most common places the cancer manifests are in the back, hip, and skull. Low red and white blood cell counts leading to fatigue and infections are also common with this cancer.
Research has shown the development of a condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (M.G.U.S.) may the precursor for leading to the 9/11-related multiple myeloma cases. M.G.U.S. occurs when an abnormal protein, called monoclonal protein, forms within your bone marrow.
M.G.U.S. is typically associated with older adults; however, studies have shown significantly higher incidents of M.G.U.S. in 9/11 first responders at young ages. The earlier M.G.U.S. is developed in life, the higher the chance of the condition leading to the onset of multiple myeloma.
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 9/11-related multiple myeloma, 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.