Cancer that occurs in the muscle, fat, blood vessels, fibrous tissue, or other supporting tissue of the body is known as soft tissue sarcoma. The malignant tumors can be found anywhere in the body but often grow in the arms, legs, chest, or abdomen. Every year, over 13,000 people receive a soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis across the country. Although the cause of this disease mostly has to do with genetics, it has recently come to light that exposure to toxic chemicals such as vinyl chloride and dioxins might also play a role in the development of soft tissue sarcoma. For instance, exposure to vinyl chloride, which was present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, is a risk factor for developing sarcomas of the liver.
People exposed to vinyl chloride have a high risk of developing liver angiosarcoma, a type of soft tissue sarcoma occurring in the lining of blood and lymph vessels. Furthermore, exposure to dioxins, another class of toxic chemicals, might have also taken place at the military base during the Vietnam War when the defoliant known as Agent Orange was stored there. According to medical studies, workers with exposure to chemical agents, benzene, or other organic solvents had a higher risk of soft tissue sarcoma. A study found a 3.3 times greater risk of developing soft tissue sarcoma in men and women exposed to dioxins through inhalation over a prolonged time from waste incinerators and industrial sources. A significant excess of risk was observed among women.
If you spent time at Camp Lejeune while the drinking water was contaminated with volatile organic compounds and now worry that you might have developed soft tissue sarcoma, these are the symptoms you should look out for and for which you should seek medical attention immediately:
Camp Lejeune veterans and family members with soft tissue sarcoma are encouraged to contact Atraxia Law, as our team of professionals has the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help them determine whether they are eligible to file a claim and obtain financial compensation for their unjust suffering. The process is simple and will mostly take place over the phone, as we understand how difficult having cancer can be.
Our team has over 35 years of experience in evaluating toxic exposure and personal injury claims and is ready to offer you the assistance you need if you are a veteran or a family member of one who lived at Camp Lejeune and came to struggle with soft tissue sarcoma. The only documents we will need to assess your case and determine your eligibility are your military records, which you must retrieve, or evidence of your stay at the military base, and your medical records. If we establish that you are entitled to financial compensation, we will promptly direct you to a reliable, specialized attorney to have your claim filed as soon as possible.
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