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The newly enacted Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides veterans, their families, and civilian base workers who spent more than 30 days at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have been diagnosed with kidney cancer the legal right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for financial compensation. The toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and kidney cancer have been linked by numerous scientific studies. Contact the Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (888) 348-2735 today for a free, no obligation initial consultation.

Is Exposure to Toxic Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune Linked to Kidney Cancer?

Yes, kidney cancer is one of the types of cancer with the strongest link to water contamination at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Public health studies, scientific studies and medical evidence have shown sufficient evidence to prove that exposure to toxic water contamination at Marine Corps military base Camp Lejeune caused health risks including significantly higher rates of kidney cancer and other adverse health outcomes among residents and employees of the military base.

In 2018, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a study titled “Morbidity Study of Former Marines, Employees, and Dependents Potentially Exposed to Contaminated Drinking Water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune.” The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a link between exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune and some cancers in former service men and women, their families, and civilian workers. The ATSDR study showed that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune was linked to increased risk for kidney cancer. Specifically, exposure to both TCE and PCE was associated with an increased risk for kidney cancer in both active duty Marines and civilian employees. Risk of kidney cancer and kidney disease increased with increasing levels of exposure to the contaminants for TCE and PCE.

Based on the ATSDR study and other numerous studies, V.A. has established a presumptive service connection for armed forces Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to harmful chemicals in the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight presumptive conditions:

Scientific evidence, medical experts, and recent research have also linked the following serious medical conditions and adverse health effect after exposure to water contaminants in Camp Lejeune’s water supply including:

The scientific studies, in addition to showing a high incidence of kidney cancer at Camp Lejeune, also provide strong evidence linking the effects of exposure to Camp Lejeune water contamination to other illnesses including renal cancer, liver cancer and liver disease, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Also, babies who experienced maternal exposure to hazardous chemicals in utero may also suffer from health issues such as miscarriages, birth defects and cardiac defects.

  • Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit

    For decades, the victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination have suffered without recourse. They have been prevented from bringing civil lawsuits for financial compensation for the injuries and deaths caused by the tainted water. Previously, a North Carolina law known as the statute of repose block the victims from filing lawsuits. However, on August 10th, 2022 a new law was passed giving victims the right to file a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit and seek a settlement including financial compensation or a jury payout. Now Camp Lejeune victims can file civil tort claims for injuries related to water contamination.

  • What is Kidney Cancer?

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  • Kidney cancer is cancer that begins in the kidneys. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They’re located behind your abdominal organs, with one kidney on each side of your spine.In adults, renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer. Other less common types of kidney cancer can occur. Young children are more likely to develop a kind of kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor. The incidence of kidney cancer has been increasing. One of the main reasons for this could be the fact that imaging techniques such as computerized tomography (CT) scans are being used more often and are able to accidentally discovery more kidney cancers. Kidney cancer is often discovered at an early stage, when the cancer is small and confined to the kidney.
  • Kidney cancer usually doesn’t have signs or symptoms in its early stages. In time, signs and symptoms may develop, including:
  • Blood in your urine, which may appear pink, red or cola colored
  • Pain in your back or side that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Fever