Pancreatic cancer - PFAS exposure claims

Pancreatic cancer - PFAS exposure claims video

Every year, over 64,000 Americans receive a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. The incidence of pancreatic cancer is on the rise, mostly due to obesity, exposure to cigarette smoke, and chronic inflammation. Still, the disease can also result from toxic exposure, which is the case of numerous veterans stationed on heavily contaminated military bases. There are over 700 military bases in the nation with documented PFAS contamination, as well as other toxic chemicals, including solvents. Exposure to PFAS was found to induce pancreatic acinar cell tumors in rodents, which are malignant tumors. If you are a veteran or a family member of one who spent a significant time at one or more installations whose environment was polluted and developed pancreatic cancer, we encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

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Exposure to PFOA is associated with the development of malignant pancreatic tumors

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. The lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is 1 in 64. Nevertheless, veterans who spent more than a month on contaminated military bases have a considerably higher risk, as they were exposed to harmful substances that have a connection with the disease.

Timely diagnosis is crucial when it comes to pancreatic cancer, as even when detected in the early phase, the five-year survival rate is just 42%.

If cancer spreads to distant organs in the body, it drops to a grim 3%. Consequently, veterans who were stationed at military bases where PFAS lurked should look out for the signs of pancreatic cancer to be on the safe side, which include:

  • abdominal pain radiating to the back
  • yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • light-colored stools and dark urine
  • unintentional weight loss
  • new diagnosis of diabetes
  • itchy skin and blood clots
  • fatigue and loss of appetite
  • preexistent diabetes that is difficult to control
  • loss of appetite

Out of the 9,000 chemicals known as PFAS, it was found that PFOA can lead to the development and progression of pancreatic cancer in people who have it in their bloodstream. Furthermore, PFOA exposure causes oxidative stress in the pancreas, which can eventually trigger cancer. When this dangerous chemical is the culprit behind pancreatic cancer, the mutation of the KRAS gene occurs, which has been identified as a key mutational event in pancreatic cancer initiation. Continued exposure to PFOA drives the progression stage, in which full malignancy is acquired.

It is important to note that PFOA exposure resulted in a high incidence of pancreatic acinar cell tumors in rats through an undefined mechanism. While the chemical is not a direct mutagen, it was found to cause oxidative stress and inflammation in both animal and human studies, which precede cancer. Therefore, PFOA itself does not function as an initiator of carcinogenesis, but it facilitates the development of pancreatic cancer. On most bases nationwide, the main source of PFAS is the use of AFFF by military firefighters, which contains between 50% and 98% of these chemicals.

Finally, chlorinated solvents, which were present on numerous military bases during the last century, were also found to contribute to pancreatic cancer development. However, they do not have a definitive causal relation with the disease. The following solvents might contribute to pancreatic cancer in exposed veterans:

  • trichloroethylene
  • polychlorinated biphenyls
  • methylene chloride
  • vinyl chloride

If you were stationed at a contaminated military base for at least one cumulative year and developed pancreatic cancer, you might be eligible to file a claim. The family members of veterans who lived at a military base and came to struggle with a disease might also be entitled to compensation. Pancreatic cancer has a latency of 10 years when it is caused by PFAS exposure.

Quality legal assistance for veterans and family members who intend to file a toxic exposure claim

Since 1990, our attorneys have been helping victims of toxic exposure recover the financial compensation they deserved from responsible companies and are bound to go to great lengths to provide you with quality legal assistance. In the regrettable case that you came to struggle with pancreatic cancer as a result of PFAS exposure on a military base, you might be eligible for compensation, which we may be able to obtain for you by filing a toxic exposure claim with the companies that manufactured the AFFF you were exposed to.

If you are a veteran, the only documents we will need from you are your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. Family members will have to send our legal team proof of their stay at the military base and their medical records, too. Eventually, you might receive the maximum compensation available for your pancreatic cancer diagnosis if you choose to work with our skilled attorneys. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not have to pay us anything unless we obtain money for you.