Camp Lejeune: Liver cancer claims

Camp Lejeune: Liver cancer claims video

Every year, over 41,000 people receive a liver cancer diagnosis in the U.S. While the disease commonly arises from excessive alcohol consumption, hepatitis B, tobacco smoking, cirrhosis, and obesity, a more obscure cause of liver cancer is toxic exposure. Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was heavily contaminated with numerous harmful solvents that have a strong association with liver cancer, such as vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene. Exposure to vinyl chloride, particularly when it occurs frequently, can result in hepatic angiosarcoma, a rare form of liver cancer, but also in hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the last century and now struggle with liver cancer, we encourage you to reach out to our experienced attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

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Exposure to vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene increases liver cancer risk by 5 times in veterans

Liver cancer

The activity of virtually every military facility in the country has required the use of hazardous, toxic substances by military personnel over the course of decades, and Camp Lejeune is no exception.

Contamination occurred as a result of the rupture of underground storage links, oil, and fuel dumping, leaching of wastes from landfills, or discharge of industrial wastes to the soil and water. There are several recognized associations between liver cancer and toxic exposure on military bases, especially industrial solvent exposure.

According to a study from the World Journal of Gastroenterology, vinyl chloride exposure causes liver angiosarcoma and hepatocellular carcinoma, two liver cancer forms. Exposure has a synergistic effect with other known risk factors for liver cancer, such as alcohol consumption and chronic viral infection. This means that if a person has both vinyl chloride exposure and one or more risk factors in their life, their liver cancer risk skyrockets.

A significant increase in mortality from liver cancer among vinyl chloride workers has been reported by multiple studies carried out in the past decades, particularly two large multicentric cohort studies from the U.S. and Europe. Occupational vinyl chloride exposure can be comparable to military vinyl chloride exposure, as the solvent concentration in the water at Camp Lejeune was very high, and service members would drink it regularly for months.

The risk of hepatocellular carcinoma became considerably higher with increasing duration of employment and vinyl chloride cumulative exposure among workers, according to the researchers. It is important to note that vinyl chloride is mutagenic, which means it causes a change in the DNA of a cell. The solvent is associated with the following, which precede the occurrence of liver cancer:

  • chromosomal aberrations
  • micronucleus formation
  • sister chromatid exchange
  • Ki-ras and p53 gene mutations

Vinyl chloride exposure causes a substantial burden of liver diseases, including liver cancer. In the last update of an Italian cohort, nearly 30% of deaths among workers in the highest exposure category were from liver cancer or liver cirrhosis. The original studies reviewed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer confirm the association between vinyl chloride exposure and hepatocellular carcinoma.

As for trichloroethylene, a study from the medical journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that exposure to it can induce liver cancer in mice. The following metabolites were found to contribute to the development and progression of the disease:

  • chloral hydrate
  • dichloroacetate
  • trichloroacetate

Our skilled attorneys are ready to help veterans file their Camp Lejeune toxic water claims

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicated to assisting veterans impacted by military toxic exposure to obtain the financial compensation they were entitled to for their unjust suffering. Today, we are ready to do the same for you if you are a veteran struggling with liver cancer as a result of your stay at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. We will only need your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records to assess your case and determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. We can also help you file a claim with the VA.

If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, a family member can step in and help you navigate it. Furthermore, our compassionate team will strive to ease the legal process for you by taking care of the most complex and difficult aspects of it on your behalf. Once we deem you eligible, our resourceful attorneys will begin working on your claim to prepare it for submission.