Skin Cancers

Posted In: World Trade Center VCF


Non-melanoma, a common type of skin cancer, has been frequently reported by first responders, cleanup crew, and other survivors who were around the Lower Manhattan area during 9/11. It has also been linked to the fumes, dust, and toxins at and around Ground Zero; individuals in these areas experiencing the highest level of risk.


Melanoma has been rare among the 9/11 survivors but is one of the most serious types of skin cancer. It is also known as malignant melanoma and cutaneous melanoma. The key to having a successful treatment is early detection. Most melanoma tumors tend to be brown and black, some can appear pink, tan, others can even be white. Development can range anywhere on the skin, most commonly on the chest and the back of men and on the legs of women. The neck, face, and eyes are other common places where melanoma is found.

Treatments for melanoma include:

  • Surgery
  • Immunotherapy, including tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes
  • Targeted therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Melanoma vaccines

Skin cancer includes basal and squamous cell which are both covered under the Zadroga Act for medical care through the WTC Health Program and 9/11 fund payouts.

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 melanoma or non-melanoma skin 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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