Lung cancer due to toxic exposure on military bases

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on August 11th, 2020

If you were stationed at a military base, either alone or with your family members, chances are you were exposed to a significant amount of potentially toxic chemicals, and, in the unfortunate case, you are diagnosed with lung cancer. As a result, please contact our law firm to recover the compensation you are entitled to.

Hundreds of military bases & installations nationwide have been contaminated with highly toxic chemicals, increasing the likelihood of service members and their families who lived with them suffering from multiple types of cancer, including lung cancer. Toxic chemicals can damage the lung in high concentration:

  • vinyl chloride
  • benzene
  • per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • toluene
  • xylene
  • 1,3-butadiene

If you were stationed as a military member at a contaminated military base, we advise you to seek immediate medical attention, as you are at high risk of developing lung cancer as a consequence of toxic exposure via inhalation.

Vinyl chloride exposure associated with an increased risk of lung cancer

Vinyl chloride is classified as Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), with known target sites including the liver, lungs, and connective tissues.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene, and vinyl chloride, were found at high levels in soil and/or groundwater at numerous military installations due to improper disposal of industrial solvents degreasers and other compounds. Since vinyl chloride is a gas, the primary route of exposure is inhalation. The lungs readily absorb vinyl chloride.

However, vinyl chloride can enter the soil following the improper disposal of chemical wastes. In addition, because vinyl chloride is a degradation product of trichloroethylene (TCE), the compound can be found in soil originally contaminated with TCE.

Potential health effects from long-term exposure to vinyl chloride above the maximum contaminant level:

  • respiratory tract irritation causing coughing and/or shortness of breath
  • thickening and inflammation of the airways
  • damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) that exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • gene mutations that eventually lead to cancer

Animal studies indicate that repeated exposure to vinyl chloride results in a high incidence of bronchioloalveolar adenoma. Lung cancer, like all forms of cancer, occurs when a cell mutates. Unfortunately, the mutated cell does not contain the correct DNA to stop reproduction. Therefore, the body continues to produce mutated cells that eventually form a tumor.

Give us a call if you have qualifying service at a contaminated military base and a lung cancer diagnosis

If you have qualifying service at a contaminated military base and a current lung cancer diagnosis and have questions about eligibility for VA benefits, contact us today. We provide free legal assistance to veterans and their families.

Chronic or long-term exposure to chemicals or toxins can cause devastating health effects and leave victims with mounting medical bills. If you were stationed at one of the following military bases, either alone or with your family members, and have a current diagnosis of lung cancer, you are entitled to financial compensation through a compensation claim and also additionally through a VA claim, which our team of legal professionals has the necessary knowledge and resources to help you recover: