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Every year, 264,000 women and 2,400 men receive a breast cancer diagnosis in the United States. As is the case of most cancers, the exact cause of the disease is unknown, but medical researchers have found many risk factors for breast cancer, including aging, hormone replacement therapy, and obesity. Still, a more obscure contributing factor to breast cancer, both in men and women, is toxic exposure.  Some of the chemicals from the PFAS group were found to have a significant association with breast cancer. If you have this diagnosis as a veteran, someone who spent time on military bases, or a firefighter, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with our attorneys, as you might be entitled to compensation.

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High blood concentrations of PFDoA increase the risk of breast cancer by 13 times

Breast cancer caused by PFAS

There are over 700 military bases across the country where environmental contamination occurred. Some of the dangerous chemicals lurking on these installations were solvents.

Benzene, methylene chloride, styrene, and vinyl chloride have been shown to cause breast tumors in mice. According to a study from Environmental Science and Pollution Research, there is a significant connection between workplace exposure to organic solvents and breast cancer. This can be comparable with the situation of service members stationed on polluted military bases, as they would have regular contact with solvents.

Furthermore, exposure to certain toxic metals also increases breast cancer risk. Mercury is one of these metals, as it has estrogen-simulating properties and can promote the proliferation of breast cancer cells. The main mechanisms for metal carcinogenicity are:

  • interference with cellular redox regulation
  • induction of oxidative stress
  • inhibition of major DNA repair
  • deregulation of cell proliferation

Once in the body, PFAS act as endocrine disruptors. This means that PFAS interfere with the normal functioning of the hormonal system, being able to eventually lead to breast cancer both in women and men. PFDoA has a particularly strong association with breast cancer.

Eligibility requirements for veterans and family members who want to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

For nearly 35 years, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride. Moreover, tremendous PFAS concentrations also lurked in the drinking water. A study by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that solvent exposure might possibly accelerate the onset of male breast cancer. If you have breast cancer, either as a man or woman, and intend to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim, here are the eligibility criteria you have to meet:

  • you must have been discharged from the military other than dishonorably
  • you must have drunk toxic water at Camp Lejeune for a significant time
  • you must have stayed at the military base for at least 30 consecutive days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987
  • you must have a breast cancer diagnosis that is related to toxic exposure

The family members of veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune can also file a claim if they developed breast cancer. Our legal team will need proof of their stay at the military base and their medical records. If we determine that you are eligible, we will start preparing your claim for submission as soon as possible. It is important to note that lead, one of the most harmful metals, was also present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune in a concentration of 484 ppb when the safe exposure limit is only 5 ppb.