What Illnesses Did The Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cause?

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Between the years 1953-1987, as many as 1 million people – or possibly even more – were very likely exposed to dangerous contaminated water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune U.S. Marine Corps base. This water has been linked with several severe illnesses, including many forms of cancer. Victims of contamination may be eligible to receive a substantial amount of money.

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The following is a brief look at some of the forms of cancer that have been associated with contaminated Camp Lejeune water.

Adult Leukemia

People who drank Camp Lejeune water have been found to be at an increased risk of developing adult leukemia. Symptoms include sudden, unexplained weight loss, fever and extreme fatigue. They may also bleed or bruise easily. Benzene, a chemical found in the contaminated water, has been linked to the disease.

Bladder Cancer

This is a disorder that leads to the development of cancer cells within the tissues of the bladder. Even though there is no cure for this disease, if it is detected early that could improve a patient’s recovery chances, and could also significantly reduce the symptoms they experience.

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer affects the esophagus, the tube that helps liquids and food travel to the stomach from the mouth. This is, unfortunately, a very deadly disease, with only 20% of patients surviving for five years or longer. Symptoms include throat or back pain, trouble swallowing and weight loss.

Breast Cancer

Symptoms of breast cancer include changes to the shape or size of the breasts, as well as changes to skin texture. Lumps, as well as nipple discharge, can also occur. See a doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms.

Kidney Cancer

Exposure to trichloroethylene as well as benzene – two chemicals found in Camp Lejeune water – can increase the risk of kidney cancer. The longer someone was exposed to these chemicals, the higher the risk they face. Side pain and blood in the urine are two of the most common symptoms.

Lung Cancer

Benzene exposure is also linked to lung cancer, which has a wide range of symptoms. These include wheezing, a persistent cough, loss of appetite and difficulty breathing. This can be a very difficult type of cancer to detect, so it will be important that you see a doctor as soon as possible if you develop symptoms.

Liver Cancer

Benzene and trichloroethylene exposure is also thought to damage liver DNA, increasing the chances of cancer. Symptoms include abdominal pain, weight loss, jaundice and extreme fatigue.

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a form of cancer that affects plasma cells located in the body’s bone marrow. It makes it more difficult for the body to produce the blood cells that are needed in order to function properly. If you suffer from frequent infections, nausea or fatigue on a regular basis, you should be examined as soon as possible.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Researchers have found that people exposed to contaminated Camp Lejeune water could be twice as likely to develop this form of cancer. It severely impacts the immune system, and causes symptoms such as a persistent fever, sudden loss of weight, swelling of the lymph nodes and constant fatigue.

Parkinson’s Disease

This is a disease that damages the nervous system. As Parkinson’s develops, it can make it impossible for a victim’s ability to control their movements. There is no cure at this time, but treatment may help slow the progress.

Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic anemia is a disease that affects blood cell production. Symptoms can sometimes be mild, but sometimes can be severe. These symptoms can appear suddenly, or they can develop gradually. They include difficulty breathing, constant fatigue, and bleeding or bruising more easily than normal.

Infertility and Miscarriages

Exposure to contaminated water has been shown to increase the risk of infertility in women. This is defined as not being able to conceive after having unprotected six for a year. The chemicals found in contaminated Camp Lejeune water have not only been shown to increase the risk of infertility, but also the risk of a miscarriage.

Why Should I Choose McEwen Law Firm To Handle My Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

It’s nearly impossible to fathom that someone could face such incredibly serious health risks just by drinking water, or taking a bath or a shower. But that’s exactly what has happened to those who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you may be able to obtain a significant amount of compensation.

At the McEwen Law Firm, our attorneys have built their reputation fighting these kinds of cases. We are not only passionate about representing our clients, we’re also extremely tenacious. We won’t stop until we’ve done everything we possibly can to help you get every penny you deserve.

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