Mitchell | May 26, 2023 | Personal Injury
Study Shows Higher Cancer Risk Associated with Camp Lejeune
While many people suspected that the toxic chemicals released into the water at Camp Lejeune were dangerous, few people knew the real harm. Research indicates that cancer death rates were up to 10% higher at Camp Lejeune than at other military bases nationwide.
At Lattof & Lattof P.C., we continue to investigate Camp Lejeune toxic water claims. Our team of experienced attorneys knows what it takes to win. We will work hard to ensure you receive the largest possible recovery based on the circumstances of your case. If you were diagnosed with cancer or another serious condition after being stationed at Camp Lejeune, contact our office at (251) 432-6691 to schedule a free consultation.
What Are the Cancer Rates at Camp Lejeune?
As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, a study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) showed that cancer death rates were at least 10% higher than a California military base. When broken down by type of cancer, the death rate was significantly more.
Cancer death rates compared to Camp Pendleton in California:
- Cervical cancer (33%)
- Esophageal cancer (43%)
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma (47%)
- Kidney cancer (35%)
- Liver cancer (42%)
- Multiple myeloma (68%)
Without treatment, many conditions, including cancer, can get worse. It is important to seek and continue treatment to ensure that you receive the care you need. Failing to be seen by a doctor or to continue treatment after a diagnosis can directly impact your right to compensation.
What Was in the Water at Camp Lejeune?
It is believed that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated by toxic chemicals. Samples from tanks that supplied water to the military base were found to have unsafe levels of multiple chemicals. Data shows that people stationed at Camp Lejeune have a higher rate of cancer compared to those at Camp Pendleton but also those across the country.
The study indicated that individuals in Camp Lejeune had a rate of kidney cancer that was 16% more than the average United States citizen. It also showed that Camp Lejeune residents had a 5% higher multiple myeloma death rate.
What Should I Do If I Was Diagnosed with Cancer After Being Stationed at Camp Lejeune?
If you were diagnosed with cancer after being stationed at Camp Lejeune, you might be entitled to compensation. However, it can be challenging to obtain the compensation you deserve without the help of an attorney. An attorney will help you determine the best course of legal action and will help ensure that I was never left alone after that nerve-wracking experience. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney as early as possible.
Diagnosed with Cancer at Camp Lejeune? Contact Our Office.
Were you or a loved one diagnosed with cancer after being stationed at Camp Lejeune? YOu might have a valid claim for damages. An attorney will review your case and help to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.