Spinal cancer caused by toxic exposure on military bases

By Treven Pyles

Posted on September 07th, 2022

Roughly 25,000 people receive a spinal cancer diagnosis annually in the U.S. While the cause of this malignant disease is currently unknown to medical researchers, toxic exposure was found to contribute to the development of spinal cancer. Therefore, veterans who spent time at military bases should pay attention to their health.

The lifetime risk of struggling with spinal cancer is 1 in 140 for men and 1 in 180 for women. Although this cancer is rare, children between 10 and 16 and elderly people between 65 and 74 are more likely to develop it. Spinal tumors may cause severe pain, neurological problems, and paralysis. It is essential to note that a spinal tumor can lead to permanent disability and eventually be fatal. Between 2% and 4% of brain tumors start in the spinal cord. While a tumor that develops within the spinal cord or its covering is referred to as intradural, a growth starting in the spine's bones is called vertebral. The following hereditary syndromes can significantly increase a person's risk of spinal cancer:

  • Turcot syndrome
  • neurofibromatosis
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • Gorlin syndrome
  • von Hippel-Lindau disease

Perhaps the key symptom of spinal cancer is pain in the area of the tumor, which intensifies at night or with movement. Several risk factors for spinal cancer have been identified so far, including a history of breast, lung, or prostate cancer, radiation exposure, a weak immune system, and chemical exposure. Because Camp Lejeune was heavily polluted with industrial solvents between 1953 and 1987, veterans who were stationed there for at least one month diagnosed with spinal cancer are encouraged to contact our experienced attorneys. Since there is a link between exposure to industrial solvents and spinal cancer, veterans suffering from this disease are most likely entitled to financial compensation. We will file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit and a VA claim for affected veterans.

The association between spinal cancer and toxic exposure

A Workplace Health & Safety study found that carbon disulfide, a toxic solvent, may impair the central nervous system, including the spinal cord. This could lead to a malignant tumor developing on the spinal cord. One of the earliest studies discovering a link between carbon disulfide exposure and central nervous system impairment focused on workers exposed to the solvent while manufacturing viscose rayon.

The central nervous system is the primary target for the acute toxic impact of organic solvents. Exposure to high concentrations of toluene, perchloroethylene, xylene, and methylene chloride at military bases can wreak havoc on the spinal cord and the nerve bundles within it. This is known as neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicity can also weaken the immune system to a great extent, which makes the person significantly more vulnerable to spinal cancer.

Our resourceful attorneys will help you file your Camp Lejeune toxic exposure claim

Since 1990, our law firm has been dedicating itself to achieving justice for toxic exposure victims, from industrial workers to veterans. If you lived at a contaminated military base and now struggle with spinal cancer, you should get in touch with our knowledgeable attorneys. They will gladly help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. As a veteran, you will only have to provide our legal team with your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

If you want to file a claim as a family member affected by military toxic exposure, we will need evidence of your stay at a military base and your medical records. These documents will help our skilled attorneys evaluate your case and determine whether you qualify for compensation. If you do, we will promptly begin working on your claim, and, eventually, you will receive the largest sum of money you are entitled to for your unfair suffering.