Cysts, polyps, and tumors caused by toxic exposure at military bases

By Treven Pyles

Posted on September 15th, 2022

One of the health issues exposure to chlorinated dioxins and dibenzofurans may result in is chloracne, a skin condition characterized by blackheads, cysts, and pustules. Furthermore, exposure to polychlorinated biphenyl may cause colorectal polyps, which can become cancerous over time.

Chloracne is a rare skin condition often dubbed "the hallmark of dioxin intoxication". It mostly occurs in people whose job involves exposure to these harmful substances. Still, veterans and civilians who spent time at contaminated military bases during the last century may also come to struggle with chloracne. Exposure to halogenated aromatic compounds, which include chlorinated dioxins and dibenzofurans, is what causes chloracne. The lesions, which are cysts, blackheads, and pustules, usually develop on the cheeks, behind the ears, in the armpits, and in the groin area.

When it comes to polyps caused by toxic exposure, colorectal polyps are perhaps the most common. Studies found that exposure to persistent organic pollutants increases the risk of colorectal polyps, which may turn into malignant tumors over time. Because there is currently no test that can determine whether they will become cancerous, it is recommended that colorectal polyps are surgically removed. Two persistent organic pollutants, polychlorinated biphenyl and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may have been contaminating military bases in the past, are associated with colorectal polyps.

Some of these highly toxic chemicals may have been present at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. Therefore, veterans stationed at this military base during that period who developed cysts, polyps, or tumors may be eligible for compensation. If you are in this situation, we strongly encourage you to contact our skilled attorneys, who will help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit.

The link between cysts, polyps, and tumors and toxic exposure

A study from StatPearls found that chloracne is the result of frequent or prolonged exposure to halogenated aromatic compounds, such as dioxins. Some dioxins, especially polychlorinated biphenyls, are endocrine disruptors, which is why they can be responsible for chloracne. Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War, is infamous for containing traces of dioxins. The following chemicals may cause chloracne in veterans:

  • chlornaphthalene
  • chlorobenzene
  • polychlorobiphenyls
  • polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins
  • polychlorinated dibenzofurans
  • pyrazole derivatives
  • chlorophenol contaminants
  • trifluoromethyl

One of the complications this aggressive skin condition may result in is permanent scarring, as well as immunosuppression and developmental effects if the person was severely exposed to dioxins. Furthermore, people exposed to these extremely dangerous chemicals may develop malignant tumors, such as those occurring in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and non-melanoma skin cancer. Other health problems associated with dioxin exposure include abnormal liver function, diabetes, transient peripheral neuropathy, and sleep disturbances.

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS One discovered that exposure to low-dose persistent organic pollutants is a significant risk factor for colorectal polyps. Researchers asked 99 cancer patients, 102 people with polyps, and 76 control subjects to participate in the study. They subsequently measured their serum concentrations of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls. The study concluded that chronic exposure to low-dose persistent organic pollutants was associated with a high risk of colorectal polyps and cancer.

Our experienced attorneys will provide quality legal assistance to victims of toxic exposure

Since 1990, our law firm has been assisting toxic exposure victims to recover financial compensation for the terrible health problems they developed, including numerous veterans. If you were stationed at a contaminated military base during the last century and were diagnosed with any types of cysts, polyps, or tumors, you may qualify for filing a claim. To initiate the legal process as a veteran, you will only have to send our skilled attorneys your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

After we carefully assess your case, we will determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation. The family members of veterans who spent time at military bases and have one of these diagnoses can also file a claim. They will have to provide us with evidence of their stay at the military base and their medical records stating their diagnosis. If you are eligible to file a toxic exposure claim, we will promptly begin preparing it for submission, and, eventually, you will receive the maximum compensation available.