Posted on July 29th, 2020
Environmental contamination at former and present U.S. military bases continues to plague thousands of veterans and their families across the country. In addition, new evidence is adding support to the theory that cancer-causing chemicals identified at these sites can cause severe illnesses, including hepatic angiosarcoma - a rare form of liver cancer.
The mission of virtually every U.S. military facility has required the use of hazardous, toxic substances by military personnel over the course of decades. This type of contamination typically arises from the rupture of underground storage links, oil, and fuel dumping, leaching of wastes from landfills, or direct discharge of industrial wastes to the soil.
According to epidemiology studies, there are several recognized associations between liver cancer and military base toxic exposure. Therefore, if you have a current diagnosis of liver cancer that you believe could be related to exposure to toxic substances on a military base, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a VA claim and also additionally through a compensation claim.
It's recognized that environmental factors play a role in developing many types of cancer, including liver cancer. Among these factors is exposure to certain chemicals that contained high levels of toxicity. The most prevalent and health-hazardous contaminants identified at military sites were:
Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas that evaporates very quickly and an important industrial chemical chiefly used to produce the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It can enter the soil following improper disposal of chemical wastes. It is classified as a human carcinogen and has been shown to induce liver cancer in rats, mice, hamsters, and humans.
A quantitative estimate of human cancer hazard was calculated for exposure to this compound based on a rat bioassay. Both TCE and vinyl chloride have toxic effects on the liver, and it has recently been suggested that they also cause hepatocellular carcinoma.