Camp Lejeune: Oral cavity cancer claims

Camp Lejeune: Oral cavity cancer claims video

Although tobacco smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, the use of smokeless tobacco, HPV infection, and poor diet are the most significant contributory factors to oral cavity cancer development, researchers found that exposure to certain chemicals can also increase the risk of this type of cancer and the drinking of contaminated water is one of the most significant factors. A recent study of ATSDR suggests that the water contamination at Camp Lejeune likely contributed to the increased risk of oral cavity cancer among those stationed at the military base during the period studied. If you resided at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days and later developed oral cavity cancer, you may be eligible for compensation.

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Contaminated water at Camp Lejeune a contributory factor to oral cavity cancer development

Oral Cavity Cancer

In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water provided by two water treatment plants on the base.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease estimated that the levels of toxic chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water system were unbelievably high, several thousand times above the maximum safe limits.

During a 30-year period, from 1957 to 1987, military service members, their family members, and civilian workers were exposed to contaminated drinking water at the base.

It is estimated that over a thirty-year period, almost one million people were exposed to the contaminated water, including contractors and family members who were present at the base.

A comprehensive ATSDR study was conducted to determine whether potential exposures to the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune are associated with a higher risk of death from certain types of cancers and several chronic diseases among civilians employed at the base.

Studies associate exposure to PCE with oral cavity cancer

Perchloroethylene is classified as a probable carcinogen chemical since 2012. A comprehensive study found evidence that high exposure to perchloroethylene (PCE) may increase the risk of oral cavity cancer in dry cleaning workers. Chlorinated solvents such as perchloroethylene have been used on military bases.

At Camp Lejeune, the drinking water was contaminated by perchloroethylene,  also known as tetrachloroethylene. The source of pollution was an off-base dry cleaning establishment. According to the model results, the perchloroethylene level exceeded the current EPA maximum contaminant level at the Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant from November 1957 to February 1987. Over the years, perchloroethylene degraded in the groundwater to other hazardous chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride.

Our skilled attorneys can help you file your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim

With over three decades of experience in handling toxic exposure cases, our team of experts will help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim. Our compassionate and resourceful legal team will ease the process for you as much as possible by taking care of the most complex aspects of it so you can continue focusing on your treatment.

We will only need your medical records and your military records, which you must retrieve. Furthermore, if you are a family member who lived at Camp Lejeune and developed oral cavity cancer, please call us, as you might also be eligible for compensation.