What You Can Do

Seek medical care: If you were exposed to the WTC disaster and have developed symptoms or conditions you feel are related to this exposure, find out more about the federal WTC Health Program which provides services to eligible individuals with no out-of-pocket costs no matter where you live now.

Practice preventive health.

Whether or not you are currently experiencing symptoms, there are things you can do to maintain your current health status, prevent worsening of your health, and detect any new conditions. Suggested measures include:

  1. If you smoke, quit! Tobacco is known to cause cancer and make existing respiratory conditions worse. If you currently smoke, there are programs in place to help you quit.
  2. Lead a healthy lifestyle by drinking alcohol in moderation and avoiding more than moderate sun exposure. Increase physical activity, keep your weight down and eat a healthful and nutritious diet.
  3. Have a physical exam every yearhat includes a complete blood count (CBC). Be sure your exam includes all tests appropriate for your sex and age, including cancer screenings.
  4. Avoid risks at work and during leisure time. If you have any respiratory conditions try to reduce your exposure to irritants such as dust, pollen, grass and smoke both at home and at work. Consider giving up activities that expose you to irritants, and if activities cannot be avoided, wear personal protective equipment to minimize exposure.

Learn more about staying healthy from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: