29 Aug, 2022

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination and Scleroderma

Posted by : Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.

The CLJA, also known to be the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Law Act or the CLJA, is a victory over all obstacles for military veterans. It gives them a day in court and is a step in the right direction toward improved care for veterans and their families. This law will not only be a victory in favor of veterans, but it will also help military personnel and their family to seek compensation from the water contamination.


Scleroderma symptoms

The Department of Veterans Affairs identifies 15 conditions which may have been caused as a result of the Camp Lejeune contamination. These conditions are covered under VA benefits. The contamination is a major problem in military history. It is being cleaned up by the Department of Defense. Other than Camp Lejeune and 80 percent of all federal facilities, toxic military bases and other sites are also affected. Read on for information about the contaminated water on Camp Lejeune and its possible link to scleroderma.

Scleroderma (or systemic sclerosis), is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes skin to harden. It can also affect the internal organs, such as the lungs, kidneys, and heart. There are two types. Limited scleroderma, which affects the skin, manifests itself as small patches on the arms or face. Patients with this type can develop red and shiny patches on their skin that can be painful and restrict their movement.

Multiple Myeloma, another form of cancer, is linked to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. This type of cancer attacks plasma cells in bone marrow. It can impact blood cell production and is associated with several risk factors. Some common symptoms of aplastic anemia include fatigue, frequent infections, shortness of breath, and easy bruising. The disease can be treated with a bone marrow donation.

The Camp Lejeune water contamination resulted in high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, benzene, and methylene chloride. The Camp Lejeune water was also heavily contaminated by industrial waste and petroleum-based products. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry discovered the contamination in 1982. TCE levels as high as 1,400ppb were recorded. The limits have been lowered by the EPA to 5 parts/billion, which is safer.

Risks of bladder Cancer

The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is now causing alarming health problems among its residents. It has been linked to an increased risk for bladder cancer. Bladder cancer occurs when malignant cells form in the bladder tissues. The risk of developing the disease is variable. It is primarily associated with gender and age. Water contaminated with these chemicals can increase your risk of developing non-Hodgkin’ lymphoma, breast cancer, or prostate cancer.

The problem was first noticed in 1982 when Camp Lejeune hired Grainger Laboratories as a water test laboratory. The water was found to be contaminated by synthetic organic cleaning solvents, according to tests. A base chemist was called in to investigate. One of the wells contained dangerous levels of gasoline and was still being used as of November. The contamination of the water at Camp Lejeune has been detected and removed.

Additional to bladder cancer, contamination of Camp Lejeune’s drinking water has been linked with a higher risk for Multiple Myeloma. Multiple Myeloma is a type cancer that affects the blood, bone, and marrow. Patients with this cancer are less likely to produce blood cell, which is important for their health. Patients with the disease may experience fatigue and frequent infections. The best treatment is early detection and proper care.

The risk of developing cancer in prostate from Camp Lejeune water was significantly greater than that in the control group. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry performed the study. It included 10 participants, eight who were considered to be at high risk for contamination. The study also examined Leukemia risk among camp workers. Given the fact that Leukemia in North Carolina is not considered a disability, the results were not surprising.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Risks

The risk of developing cancer from exposure to contaminated water, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphome, may be increased by drinking contaminated water. While contaminated water can cause a variety of health problems, it’s difficult to determine the exact cause. However, new research shows that water contamination can cause a variety of health problems such as cancer, organ failure, neurological issues and even reproductive problems. The responsible parties may offer compensation to those who have been exposed to these chemicals.

Many types can be caused when there are contaminants in the water supply to Camp Lejeune. The primary cause is chemical exposure in the water supply. TCE was just one of the chemicals found in water. Some of these chemicals have been linked hepatitis and kidney cancer as well as to multiple myeloma risk, cervical cancer and prostate cancer.

The water that was contaminated at Camp Lejeune contains industrial solvents including perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, and perchloroethylene. These compounds were combined with vinyl chloride as well as benzene. The dangers of water contamination at Camp Lejeune are now well known. It is urgent that veterans’ health be improved.

An increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma from Camp Lejeune water contamination is linked to the development of lymphatic cancer. Symptoms include swelling of lymph nodes, fatigue and weight loss. It is possible for the disease not to be obvious. Therefore, early detection is crucial.

High risk of developing kidney cancer

Those who served at Camp Lejeune may be at a greater risk for kidney cancer. Water wells on the base were contaminated with various chemicals, including trichloroethylene, benzene, perchloroethylene, and vinyl chloride. According to the American Cancer Society 79,000 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year. Although these numbers may not be conclusive they do suggest that these wells might have been contaminated by chemicals.

According to the National Research Council a committee made up of scientists reviewed the scientific evidence concerning the effects of these substances on renal health. The committee also reviewed current literature on the human effects of PCE/TCE on health, as well a new Integrated Risk Information System(IRIS) report on these chemicals’ effects on humans. The committee found no evidence that these contaminants could cause kidney cancer, despite their presence in Camp Lejeune’s water.

Exposures to TCE/PCE and VC are known increase the risk of male breast carcinoma. These symptoms are similar to that of breast cancer in women. However, exposure to these chemicals is linked to a greater risk of renal cancer and kidney disease. While the risks associated with these toxins are minimal, exposure to these chemicals in water at Camp Lejeune is enough to make some people very sick.

Multiple myeloma at risk

You may be at risk of developing multiple myeloma from serving in the United States Marine Corp at Camp Lejeune. The disease affects the immune system and begins in the lymph system, which is a part of the body. Patients with the disease can experience swelling, fever, weight loss, and fatigue. To get the correct diagnosis, it is important to visit a doctor.

Public health studies have found that Camp Lejeune drinking water contamination can cause serious health problems like cancer and birth defects. A JAMA study concluded that water contamination was linked to multiple myeloma and the deaths of U.S. Marines stationed there between 1975-85. Even if the Marines were not present at the base, you may still be eligible for compensation.

The CDC has warned Marines about dangers from drinking contaminated water. Exposure to toxic chemicals can increase your risk of Lou Gehrig’s disease and other types of cancer. Although the cause of this cancer is still unknown, studies have shown that Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water led to multiple myeloma (multiple myeloma) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

A recent study revealed that Camp Lejeune water contamination significantly increased the chance of developing multiplemyeloma. Multiple myeloma affects the plasma cells in bone marrow and causes problems with blood cell production. Its symptoms can be confused and may look like other illnesses. Patients with this disease may experience fatigue, anemia and frequent infections.

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