Gallbladder cancer caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on August 23rd, 2022

By the end of 2022, approximately 12,130 Americans will have received a gallbladder cancer diagnosis. 4 in 5 people with this disease have gallstones, which is the main risk factor for gallbladder cancer. Still, recent medical studies found that exposure to toxic chemicals used in the textile industry can also trigger it.

The gallbladder is a tiny organ on the right side of the abdomen whose purpose is to store bile. Bile helps the digestive system break down fats. Women are more susceptible to developing gallbladder cancer than men. Unfortunately, this disease is difficult to diagnose in the early stages. The symptoms of gallbladder cancer include a lump on the right side of the abdomen, the yellowing of the whites of the eyes and the skin, and unexplained weight loss. Only 20% of people with this cancer survive for 5 years or longer. These are some of the health complications of gallbladder cancer:

  • intense abdominal pain
  • rapid heartbeat
  • high fever
  • confusion
  • tumor recurrence
  • narrowed or blocked bile duct

While gallbladder cancer is rare, it represents nearly 50% of all biliary tract cancers. Because most people are diagnosed when the disease is in advanced stages, gallbladder cancer is highly fatal. Other factors contributing to the poor prognosis of gallbladder cancer include aggressive tumor biology and complicated anatomic position. Veterans and family members who lived at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and struggle with gallbladder cancer are strongly encouraged to get in touch with our specialized attorneys, as they are most likely entitled to compensation. We will help affected people file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit.

The association between gallbladder cancer and toxic exposure

ABC One-Hour Cleaners was a dry-cleaning firm two miles southeast of Camp Lejeune. It operated between 1964 and 2005. During the last century, the company disposed of toxic chemicals such as solvents improperly, greatly contributing to the contamination of the military base. Exposure to chemicals used in the textile industry is associated with a high risk of gallbladder cancer. Perchloroethylene was just one of the toxic solvents ABC One-Hour Cleaners would release into the environment of Camp Lejeune by the septic tank system and everyone who lived there was inevitably exposed to it.

Other solvents linked to gallbladder cancer lurking on Camp Lejeune and many other military bases across the country include:

  • trichloroethylene
  • 1,2- dichloroethane
  • methylene chloride
  • halogenated hydrocarbons
  • vinyl chloride
  • carbon tetrachloride

It is important to note that the source of some of these solvents on military bases was also the improper use and disposal of chemicals employed for cleaning weapons and equipment. A study from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found a significant increase in the incidence of gallbladder cancer in female textile workers regularly exposed to solvents for one year. If you were stationed at a contaminated military base during the last century and developed gallbladder cancer, do not hesitate to contact our law firm, as our main practice area is toxic exposure.

File your toxic exposure claim with the help of our skilled attorneys

Since 1990, our attorneys and legal team have dedicated their endeavors to assisting toxic exposure victims. If you have gallbladder cancer and lived at a contaminated military base, whether as a service member or a family member of one, we advise you to contact us. Our resourceful legal team will thoroughly review your case to determine whether you qualify for compensation. If you are a veteran and want to file a claim, all we will need from you are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

To initiate the legal process as a family member, you will have to send our attorneys evidence of your time spent at the military base and your medical records, too. Once we deem you eligible for compensation, our experienced legal team will start preparing your claim for submission. Eventually, you will obtain the largest sum of money you are entitled to for your diagnosis. It is important to note that our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay anything unless we recover compensation for you.