Camp Lejeune: Colorectal cancer claims

Colorectal cancer is a very common disease, with over 106,000 cases of colon cancer and over 46,000 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed annually. On the other hand, intestinal cancer is rare, affecting just 1% of the population. While the causes of these cancers are numerous, a more obscure one is toxic exposure, which occurred at Camp Lejeune. Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water of the military base was heavily contaminated with industrial solvents and PFAS. Significant benzene exposure was found to increase the risk of colorectal cancer, particularly in women. Furthermore, people with a history of PFAS exposure also have a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer. If you are a Camp Lejeune veteran with a diagnosis of colorectal or intestinal cancer, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as you might be eligible to file a claim and obtain financial compensation.

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Over 7% of Camp Lejeune veterans exposed to PFAS are at high risk of developing colon cancer

Colorectal cancer

In the United States, 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will receive a diagnosis of colorectal cancer at some point during their lifetime. While the most common causes of colorectal cancer include excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and tobacco smoking, a lesser-known cause is toxic exposure.

Studies found that prolonged exposure to the following solvents may considerably increase the risk of colorectal cancer:

  • benzene
  • trichloroethylene
  • acetone
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • xylene
  • methylene chloride

Some of these harmful solvents were contaminating the water at Camp Lejeune during the last century, which inevitably led to toxic exposure among service members. Between 1953 and 1987, as many as one million people lived at the military base, most of whom drank and cooked with toxic water. For this reason, veterans are now at high risk of developing colorectal and intestinal cancer.

A study published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology found that benzene exposure increased the risk of colorectal cancer, occurring especially in the ascending and transversal colon. Women are more likely to develop colorectal cancer due to benzene exposure than men. Benzene was just one of the solvents lurking at Camp Lejeune. It was mostly present in the products with which service members would clean up equipment and weapons. Moreover, a study from the World Journal of Gastroenterology discovered that individuals regularly exposed to organic solvents have a greater risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers also found a strong association between the following solvents and colon and rectal cancer:

  • rectum-toluene
  • colon-xylene
  • rectum-xylene
  • rectum-styrene

Finally, a study from BMC Cancer found that PFOS and PFOA, the most known chemicals from the PFAS category, are environmental contaminants impacting metabolic regulation, inflammation, and other factors involved in the development and progression of colorectal cancer. Interestingly, the link between PFOA and colorectal cancer was more pronounced in men and leaner adults. On military bases, the source of PFOS and PFOA is the past use of AFFF, a dangerous fire suppressant containing up to 98% PFAS. Finally, it is important to note that military firefighters have a colon cancer risk 1.21 times higher than civilians, which is due to their PFAS exposure.

Our experienced attorneys can help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Since 1990, our law firm has been dedicating its endeavors to providing quality assistance to occupational and military toxic exposure victims. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and came to struggle with colorectal or intestinal cancer, you should contact our skilled attorneys. By virtue of their vast knowledge and experience, they might be able to help you obtain the financial compensation you may be entitled to.

To file a claim, you will have to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to our attorneys. After thoroughly reviewing your case, we will begin preparing your claim for submission if you qualify for compensation. If you were stationed at another military base and developed colorectal or intestinal cancer, do not hesitate to contact us, as we might also be able to help you.