Camp Lejeune: Spinal cancer claims

A spinal tumor is a growth developing within the spinal canal or the vertebrae, which, in most cases, is malignant. Roughly 25,000 people receive a spinal cancer diagnosis every year in the U.S. While the cause of the disease is unknown to medical researchers, toxic exposure was found to contribute to the development of spinal cancer. Spinal cancer is rare, with less than 1% of the population developing it. Unfortunately, if spinal cancer remains undetected and spreads to other parts of the body, the survival rate of the patient is grim - only 36% will live for five years or longer. The average survival rate for spinal cancer is only 10 months. So, if you are a veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and struggle with spinal cancer, we encourage you to get in touch with our attorneys, as you might be eligible to file a claim and obtain financial compensation.

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Perchloroethylene exposure can wreak havoc on the spinal cord and the nerve bundles within it

Spinal cancer

The lifetime risk of developing spinal cancer is 1 in 140 for men and 1 in 180 for women. Although the disease is rare, children and the elderly are more likely to struggle with it.

Spinal tumors may cause severe pain, neurological problems, and paralysis. It is essential to note that a spinal tumor can lead to permanent disability and eventually be fatal.

Between 2% and 4% of brain tumors start in the spinal cord. While a tumor that develops within the spinal cord or its covering is referred to as intradural, a growth starting in the spine's bones is called vertebral.

The following hereditary syndromes can significantly increase a person's risk of spinal cancer:

  • Turcot syndrome
  • neurofibromatosis
  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • Gorlin syndrome
  • von Hippel-Lindau disease

Perhaps the key symptom of spinal cancer is pain in the area of the tumor, which intensifies at night or with movement. Several risk factors for spinal cancer have been identified so far, including a history of breast, lung, or prostate cancer, radiation exposure, a weak immune system, and chemical exposure. According to medical studies, exposure to some of the solvents that lurked in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during the last century might be responsible for spinal cancer. The following solvents were found to have a significant association with spinal cancer:

  • perchloroethylene
  • trichloroethylene
  • vinyl chloride

Exposure to these harmful chemicals may cause neurotoxicity, which can ultimately progress to cancer. Neurotoxicity can also weaken the immune system to a great extent, which makes veterans considerably more vulnerable to spinal cancer. It occurs when exposure to toxic substances alters the normal activity of the nervous system. This can subsequently disrupt or even kill neurons, which are essential for transmitting and processing signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system. By disrupting the nerve bundles in the spine, industrial solvents can take a heavy toll on cell structure and DNA, leading to the growth of malignant tumors.

Our diligent attorneys can help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim for spinal cancer

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicating their efforts to achieving justice for toxic exposure victims, from industrial workers to veterans. If you spent time at Camp Lejeune while the drinking water was contaminated and now struggle with spinal cancer, you should get in touch with our resourceful legal team. We will help you obtain the compensation you might be entitled to with minimal involvement on your part.

To initiate the legal process, you will only have to provide our attorneys with your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. These documents will help us evaluate your case and determine whether you qualify for compensation. If you do, we will promptly begin working on your claim. If you were stationed at another military base and have spinal cancer, we might also be able to help you.