Posted on August 14th, 2020
Chlorinated solvents, such as perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE), are among the most common contaminants in the US due to their widespread use as degreasing agents in military and industrial applications. Either inhaling or ingesting large amounts of PCE causes cancer of the cervix, studies say.
For decades, military personnel and their family members who were stationed at military bases across the nation were unavoidably exposed to harmful substances that can lead to serious diseases over time, including cervical cancer.
Most hazardous contaminants found at current and former U.S. military bases include:
For women, long-term exposure to certain chemicals that contained high toxicity levels can potentially lead to more gender-specific problems such as cancers of the uterus, breast, and cervix - which is part of the female reproductive system.
Adverse health effects depend on the exposure factors, such as the type of chemical, the amount or level of a chemical a person was exposed to, the frequency of exposure, and the duration of exposure.
A mounting body of evidence indicates that exposure to environmental chemicals may contribute to the development and progression of certain forms of cancer. Gynecological cancers, for example, maybe related to certain chlorinated solvents, including chlorinated volatile organic compounds such as perchloroethylene (PCE).
The main key to preventing cancer is to limit the number of harmful toxins that enter the body. Some of the common organic pollutants that have been noted to be of special concern come from naturally occurring deposits and the spillage of liquid wastes.
Previous epidemiological studies of adult exposure to PCE - a volatile compound introduced into the environment by human activity have found evidence of increased risks for cervical cancer. PCE's potential to cause cancer has been established through sufficient epidemiologic studies that have contributed to its designation as "likely to be carcinogenic in humans by all routes of exposure" by the International Agency for Cancer Research.
Cervical cancer develops when abnormal cells in the cervix lining grow and divide in an uncontrolled manner. These cells can also invade nearby tissue or spread throughout the body. This cancer is very slow to progress and may take years for symptoms to be fully evident.