The most common type of kidney cancer in adults is renal cell carcinoma, which accounts for up to 80% of cases. It develops in the lining of the kidneys and can easily spread to nearby organs and areas of the body. Timely diagnosis is essential for a favorable prognosis, as the sooner kidney cancer is found, the greater your life expectancy will be. If certain risk factors are present along with PFAS exposure, such as smoking, high blood pressure, or obesity, the chances of developing kidney cancer increase. People with kidney cancer usually experience the following symptoms:
- blood in the urine
- low back pain on one side
- a lump on the side or lower back
- loss of appetite
- unexplained weight loss
- persistent fever
- night sweats
If you were stationed at a military base, either alone or with your family members, you should keep a close eye on your health, as you have a high risk of developing kidney cancer as a result of PFAS exposure. The family members of people who were stationed at contaminated military bases with them may also qualify for compensation.
The main source of PFAS on military bases was the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, a fire suppressant used to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. In the regrettable case you received a kidney cancer diagnosis as a member of the military or as a veteran, we strongly encourage you to contact our legal team, as we specialize in toxic exposure and may be able to help you recover fair compensation for your suffering.
What kidney cancer diagnosis can I receive if I was exposed to PFAS?
While kidney cancer can have many causes, one of them is exposure to PFAS on contaminated military bases throughout the U.S. It is important to be aware that if you are diagnosed with kidney cancer, you may not have this exact name for the disease on your medical records, as kidney cancer has various subtypes, which are the following:
- renal cell carcinoma
- papillary renal cell carcinoma
- urothelial carcinoma
- Wilms tumor
- sarcoma of the kidneys
- kidney lymphoma
If you came to struggle with one of the diseases above, we encourage you to contact our lawyers, as they specialize in toxic exposure cases and might be able to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve from the manufacturers of AFFF, which is the source of PFAS contamination on military bases. Because we know that cancer patients are often in urgent need of money to afford their treatment, we will strive to obtain compensation for you within the shortest time possible. However, this usually means several months to several years of waiting, as the process of having your claim reviewed is very complex and time-consuming.