Every year, approximately 21,560 cases of esophageal cancer are diagnosed nationwide. While the disease is often the result of smoking, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and heavy alcohol consumption, it can also be caused by having drunk contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at the military base contained volatile organic compounds, exposure to which is associated with esophageal cancer, among many other serious diseases.
The following toxic chemicals that were present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune were found to increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer:
One of the main risk factors for esophageal cancer is esophageal irritation, which can occur due to smoking and gastroesophageal reflux disease, but also regular exposure to toxic water at military bases such as Camp Lejeune. The lifetime risk of esophageal cancer is 1 in 125 for men and 1 in 417 for women. Some of the warning signs of esophageal cancer are the following:
This disease has a poor prognosis, with a survival rate of just 20%. For this reason, if you spent time at Camp Lejeune, either as a veteran or a family member of one, and experience any of the above symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately. In the unfortunate event that you receive this diagnosis, we advise you to contact Atraxia Law, as we have over 35 years of experience in assessing toxic exposure and personal injury claims. We can easily determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim and obtain financial compensation for your unjust suffering.
Our team of professionals has the necessary experience, resources, skills, and knowledge to help you file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim if you were stationed at the military base and developed esophageal cancer due to having drunk toxic water. The only documents we will request to evaluate your case are your military records, which you must retrieve, or evidence of your stay at Camp Lejeune, and your medical records with your diagnosis. Eligible veterans and family members will be promptly directed to a reputable, trustworthy attorney to have their claims filed as soon as possible.
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