Bile duct cancer caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on September 15th, 2022

Approximately 8,000 people develop bile duct cancer every year in the United States. It is a rare disease. Some of the risk factors for bile duct cancer are liver disease, parasitic infestation, biliary stones, and exposure to dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls, and 1,2-dichloropropane.

While bile duct cancer usually occurs in people over the age of 65, anyone can develop it, particularly if they have some of the risk factors in their life. The disease can develop inside the liver or outside of it. Unfortunately, the survival rate for bile duct cancer is grim, even when the disease is found in the early stages. Only 24% of people with localized bile duct cancer will live for five years or longer, whereas just 2% with metastatic bile duct cancer will survive for five years or longer. Currently, there are over 100,000 bile duct cancer patients in the United States. Many individuals who have bile duct cancer do not experience any symptoms or have vague symptoms such as:

  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • fatigue
  • a high temperature
  • yellowing of the whites of the eyes
  • darker urine and stools
  • abdominal pain

Because toxic chemicals were contaminating the environment of Camp Lejeune during the last century, people who spent time at this military base may develop bile duct cancer as a result of drinking contaminated water. As many as one million individuals, among which service members, families, and civilians, lived there between 1953 and 1987 when pollution was at its worst. Therefore, if you were diagnosed with bile duct cancer, we advise you to get in touch with our experienced attorneys, who will assist you with filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit. The money you can obtain will help you with the cost of your treatment, as well as get better healthcare.

The association between bile duct cancer and toxic exposure

A study from the medical journal Annals of Gastroenterological Surgery found that exposure to 1,2-dichloropropane may cause cholangiocarcinoma, a type of bile duct cancer that arises in the slender tubes that carry bile. Furthermore, a study from the Journal of Molecular Pathology discovered that there is a link between exposure to environmental toxins and bile duct cancer. The authors suggest that greater exposure to environmental toxins may explain the rapid increase in deaths from this disease in Western countries we have witnessed over the past 30 years.

Researchers found adducts, products of direct addition of two or more distinct molecules, in 28 out of the 32 study participants. DNA adducts are formed when carcinogens or their metabolites bind to DNA. They are key to chemically induced mutagenesis through misrepair or absence of repair and also markers of chemical mutagenesis. Finally, a study from the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that exposure to dioxins and vinyl chloride may also increase bile duct cancer risk. Researchers also found nitrosamines to play a role in the development of cholangiocarcinoma.

File your toxic exposure claim with the help of our skilled legal team

Our law firm has been pursuing toxic exposure cases for over two decades, so we have the necessary experience, knowledge, and resources to provide you with quality legal assistance. If you have a bile duct cancer diagnosis and spent time at a contaminated military base, feel free to contact our attorneys, as you are most likely entitled to financial compensation. The only documents you will have to send us as a veteran are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

If you want to file a claim as a family member of a veteran who stayed at a military base or as a civilian, we will need evidence of your time spent there and also your medical records clearly stating your diagnosis. Following a thorough review, we will determine whether you qualify for filing a toxic exposure claim and if you do, our legal team will begin working on it. In the meantime, you can continue focusing on your health and treatment. Eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis.