In some cases, inherited gene mutations place individuals at high risk of developing rectal cancer. Two of the genetic rectal cancer syndromes are Lynch syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis. Nevertheless, these occur only in a small percentage of rectal cancer cases. The death rate of rectal cancer was 54% lower in 2017 than in 1970, which is due to the progress of medical technology and diagnostic procedures. Some of the most common symptoms of rectal cancer are the following:
- a change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation
- dark maroon or bright red blood in stool
- narrow stool
- a feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
- abdominal pain
- weakness and fatigue
The primary source of PFAS on military bases is the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, by military firefighters and trainees to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. This fire suppressant, while very effective, is very dangerous, as it contains a high concentration of PFAS. Once these chemicals are released into the environment, they persist, since they are also known as forever chemicals. Similarly, once they enter the human body via inhalation or ingestion, they cannot be eliminated, being able to lead to life-threatening diseases such as rectal cancer. If you are a veteran or a family member of one who was stationed at a contaminated military base and came to struggle with rectal cancer, contact our resourceful legal team to find out whether you are entitled to financial compensation.