Were you diagnosed with multiple myeloma after being exposed to toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune? 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 multiple myeloma the legal right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for financial compensation for their injuries. The toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and multiple myeloma have been linked by numerous scientific studies. Take legal action today by calling the personal injury lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (888) 348-2735 for a free, no obligation multiple myeloma lawsuit evaluation.
Is Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune Linked to Multiple Myeloma?
The effects of exposure to any chemical depend on—
- When you are exposed (during pregnancy, in infancy, etc),
- How much you are exposed to,
- How long you are exposed,
- How you are exposed (breathing, drinking), and
- What your personal traits and habits are.
Not everyone who is exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, or vinyl chloride exposure will develop a health problem. But, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) there have been health effects that have been linked to TCE, PCE, benzene, or vinyl chloride in populations other than Camp Lejeune who worked with or drank water contaminated with these toxic chemicals.
A large body of epidemiologic evidence exists for exploring causal associations between certain types of cancer, including multiple myeloma, and trichloroethylene (TCE) exposure. Trichloroethylene is a colorless, volatile liquid. Liquid trichloroethylene evaporates quickly into the air. It is nonflammable and has a sweet odor. The two major uses of trichloroethylene are as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts and as a chemical that is used to make other chemicals, especially the refrigerant, HFC-134a.
ASTDR CAMP LEJEUNE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES MORTALITY STUDY LINKS TCE AND MULTIPLE MYELOMA
A mortality study of civilian employees exposed to contaminated water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune was conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR). The purpose of the study was to determine whether potential exposures to the drinking water contaminants at Camp Lejeune are associated with increased risk of death from specific cancers and other chronic diseases among those who were employed at the base. The contaminants included trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethlylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE), benzene, and two contaminants that are formed when TCE or PCE degrade in ground water: 1,2-dichloroethylene and vinyl chloride.
The study evaluated specific causes of death in 4,647 full-time workers who were employed at Camp Lejeune during 1973-1985. It compared those to a group of 4,690 full-time workers who were employed at Camp Pendleton during 1973-1985 but were not employed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The Camp Pendleton workers were not exposed to contaminated drinking water. The ASTDR study found elevated risks in the Camp Lejeune civilian workers for several causes of death, including multiple myeloma. Based on these scientific studies, the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to multiple myeloma.
Additionally, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2001 draft TCE health risk assessment concluded that epidemiologic studies, on the whole, support associations between TCE exposure and excess risk of cancer, including multiple myeloma.
In addition to the connection between multiple myeloma and Camp Lejeune, there are fourteen other covered conditions for which the V.A. determined a presumptive service connection after they found sufficient evidence to show an association between exposure to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s tainted water and medical condition. They are:
The scientific studies, in addition to showing a high incidence of leukemia, also provide strong evidence tying Camp Lejeune’s water contamination to other illnesses including liver cancer, birth defects, and prostate cancer.
WHAT IS MULTIPLE MYELOMA?
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Healthy plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. In multiple myeloma, cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.
Signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma can vary and, early in the disease, there may be none. If symptoms do occur, they can include:
- Bone pain, especially in your spine or chest
- Loss of appetite
- Mental fogginess or confusion
- Frequent infections
- Weight loss
- Weakness or numbness in your legs
- Excessive thirst