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Were you diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, including aplastic anemia, 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 myelodysplastic syndromes the legal right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for financial compensation for their injuries. The toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and myelodysplastic syndromes have been linked by numerous scientific studies. Call the personal injury lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (888) 348-2735 today for a free, no obligation myelodysplastic syndromes lawsuit evaluation.

Has Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune Been Linked to Myelodysplastic Syndromes?

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.

Therefore, 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 chemicals.

With respect to myelodysplastic syndromes specifically, in 2014 the ASTDR noted that they have identified a positive association between exposure to the harmful chemical Benzene and myelodysplastic syndromes.  The study that the ATSDR relied upon, IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Vol 97: 1,3-Butadiene, Ethylene Oxide and Vinyl Halides (Vinyl Fluoride, Vinyl Chloride and Vinyl Bromide), was published in the Lancet Oncology in 2008.

As far back as 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that there is evidence supporting a causal relationship between myelodysplastic syndromes and exposure to the toxic chemical Benzene.  In 2017 the United States V.A., based upon the results of the the Camp Lejeune Technical Workgroup (TWG) analysis, acknowledged the relationship between exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune and the subsequent development of myelodysplastic syndromes. At that time, the V.A. finally added myelodysplastic syndromes to the list of presumptive service connection conditions related to exposure to the contaminants in the Camp Lejeune water supply.

In addition to the connection between myelodysplastic syndromes 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 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 the water contamination to other illnesses including liver cancer, birth defects, and prostate cancer.

What are Myelodysplastic Syndromes?

Myelodysplastic syndromes, or MDS, are a group of disorders caused by blood cells that are poorly formed or don’t work properly. Myelodysplastic syndromes result from something amiss in the spongy material inside your bones where blood cells are made (bone marrow).  People with myelodysplastic syndromes might not experience signs and symptoms at first.

In time, myelodysplastic syndromes might cause symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual paleness (pallor), which occurs due to a low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Easy or unusual bruising or bleeding, which occurs due to a low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
  • Pinpoint-sized red spots just beneath the skin that are caused by bleeding (petechiae)
  • Frequent infections, which occur due to a low white blood cell count (leukopenia)

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