Sinus cancer caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on September 15th, 2022

The causes of sinus cancer are tobacco smoking, human papillomavirus, and toxic exposure. People who spent a long time breathing in chemicals such as formaldehyde, nickel, and chromium are also at high risk of developing this malignant disease. These substances may have been present on military bases in the past.

Sinus cancer is a rare disease, with approximately 2,000 people receiving this diagnosis every year in the United States. Between 60% and 70% of the cases originate in the paranasal sinuses, which refer to the sinuses in the cheekbones. Most people who develop sinus cancer have squamous cell carcinoma. The disease accounts for 3% to 5% of all head and neck cancers. Four out of five sinus cancer cases occur in people over 55. For the majority of patients, the prognosis of sinus cancer is relatively good, with 85% living for five years or longer if their cancer is localized and 42% surviving for five years or longer if their disease has metastasized. These are some of the most common symptoms of sinus cancer:

  • persistent numbness or pain in the face
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • a watering eye that does not go away
  • pressure or pain in one ear
  • a lump on the face, nose, or roof of the mouth
  • partial vision loss or double vision

Formaldehyde and some heavy metals were lurking on military bases during the last century, endangering the health of everyone living there. Camp Lejeune is one of the military bases where severe toxic exposure occurred among one million people between 1953 and 1987 due to contaminated drinking water. If you spent time there, either as a service member or civilian, and developed sinus cancer, you should contact our law firm, as you may be eligible for compensation. Our specialized attorneys will file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit on your behalf.

The connection between sinus cancer and toxic exposure

According to a study from the medical journal BMC Cancer, sinus cancer has a strong association with occupational exposure to toxic agents. However, exposure to harmful substances has also occurred at most, if not all, military bases across the country, which places everyone who stayed there at risk for sinus cancer. This study is a meta-analysis. Out of the 63 reviewed articles, 28 were used by the researchers. The participants in these studies had been exposed to the following toxic agents on the job:

  • wood dust
  • formaldehyde
  • leather dust
  • nickel and chromium

It was discovered that adenocarcinoma, a type of sinus cancer, was most likely to occur in people exposed to these occupational hazards. Moreover, researchers found that individuals exposed to formaldehyde and chromium and nickel compounds have a high risk of developing sinus cancer. Other medical studies revealed a strong association between formaldehyde exposure and rare malignant diseases such as cancer of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity.

We will help you file your toxic exposure claim if you struggle with sinus cancer

Our attorneys and legal team specialize in toxic exposure, having recovered compensation for over 233,000 individuals. If you were stationed at a contaminated military base during the last century and came to struggle with sinus cancer, we encourage you to give us a call, as you may be eligible to file a claim. Because we know how difficult it can be to suffer from cancer, we will strive to make the legal process as easy to navigate as possible for you so that you can keep focusing on your health.

If you want to file a toxic exposure claim as a veteran, we will only need your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. Family members will have to provide our legal team with evidence of their time spent there and their medical records. After we carefully review your case, we will determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation and if you are, our attorneys will begin preparing your claim for submission. You will eventually receive the money you deserve for your pain.