Camp Lejeune: Pharyngeal cancer claims

Camp Lejeune: Pharyngeal cancer claims video

Although the exact cause of pharyngeal cancer is unknown, research has shown that smoking tobacco, heavy alcohol consumption, exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, especially HPV-16, increase the risk of pharyngeal cancer. Studies also show that long-term exposure to certain toxic chemicals might also contribute to the development of pharyngeal cancer. For several decades, harmful volatile organic compounds were present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. If you are a military veteran or a family member who spent at least one month at this military base while the drinking water was contaminated and are now diagnosed with pharyngeal cancer, you may be entitled to compensation.

Claim Application

Studies associate perchloroethylene with pharyngeal cancer

Pharyngeal Cancer

The drinking water at Camp Lejeune, a military facility in North Carolina, was contaminated by a toxic chemical called perchloroethylene, also known as tetrachloroethylene. The contamination was caused by an off-base dry cleaning firm.

The ATSDR study revealed that the concentration of perchloroethylene in the water supplied from the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants exceeded the current maximum contaminant level set by the EPA between November 1957 and February 1987.

Over time, the perchloroethylene in the groundwater broke down into other harmful chemicals, such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride. The perchloroethylene level at Tarawa Terrace was 43 times over the safe exposure limit. Perchloroethylene and vinyl chloride, have been widely used in military bases, but their usage has been reduced due to their toxic nature and negative environmental impact. Studies have linked exposure to these solvents to the development of cancer in the larynx, hypopharynx, and lungs.

Perchloroethylene was classified as a probable carcinogen in 2012. A study published in 2017 found evidence that high exposure to PCE may increase the risk of hypopharyngeal cancer.

Trichloroethylene linked to cancers of the respiratory system

Pharyngeal Cancer

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile organic substance created by chemical synthesis. Because this chlorinated solvent was used extensively by the US military to degrease equipment, contaminated soil, and groundwater can be found near a number of current and former military bases.

According to the same occupational exposure study, trichloroethylene exposure might also cause cancers of the respiratory system, cancers of the lung, larynx, and hypopharynx, although more research is required in this respect.

Trichloroethylene is also responsible for severe chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and bronchitis. Tests performed on laboratory animals showed that when this chemical accumulates in cells can cause uncontrollable cell division, and it is cytotoxic.

TCE breaks down slowly and remains in the environment for a long time, infiltrating the soil and accumulating in groundwater, as it happened at Camp Lejeune, where the trichloroethylene level at Hadnot Point was 280 times higher than the safe limit.

Filing your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim for pharyngeal cancer

With over three decades of experience in toxic exposure cases, our experienced and compassionate team is ready to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim if you are a veteran/family member who struggles with pharyngeal cancer. With the help of our resourceful attorneys, the legal process can be simple. In order to initiate it, you will only have to send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. Family members besides the medical documents will need to prove they lived on the base. After carefully assessing the documents you sent, we will inform you if you are entitled to financial compensation from the VA or the government. If you are a veteran unable to participate in the legal process due to a severe health condition, ask a family member to assist you in navigating the steps. We will do all in our power to ease the legal process for you so you can focus on your health and treatment.