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Male breast cancer, more prevalent in Camp Lejeune veterans

While 1 in 833 men will develop breast cancer during his lifetime, this disease is significantly more prevalent in Camp Lejeune veterans, according to a study from Environmental Health. The staggering incidence of male breast cancer among these veterans was first reported in 2009.

During the study, the researchers examined the health of 444 men born before 1969 who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and had been treated for various cancers at VA healthcare facilities.

Of the participants, 71 were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 30 of these had lived at Camp Lejeune. These findings suggest a possible link between male breast cancer, being stationed at Camp Lejeune, and exposure to perchloroethylene, 1,2-dichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride. Furthermore, the researchers found that exposure to these chemicals showed possible associations with earlier age at the onset of male breast cancer.

Exposure to the toxic concoction of solvents in Camp Lejeune's drinkiing water increases the risk of male breast cancer

During the assessment of toxic exposure, the researchers considered Marines who had more than one tour at Camp Lejeune. To assign exposure categories, they used the average monthly contaminant level in the water system serving the individual's home at the military base to establish average and cumulative exposure to the solvents. The findings show that exposure to the chemicals from drinking water while being at the military base might have accelerated the onset of breast cancer. If you are a male Camp Lejeune veteran, these are the breast cancer symptoms you should be on the lookout for, as you have a higher risk of developing this disease, according to the study:

  • a swelling or lump in the breast
  • irritation of the breast skin
  • nipple discharge
  • pain in the nipple region
  • redness or flaky skin in the breast
  • pulling in of the nipple

The results of the study considered age at diagnosis, race, and service in Vietnam. For perchloroethylene, the breast cancer risk increased slightly with increasing exposure levels. Interestingly, the study did not find evidence suggesting a connection between male breast cancer and exposure to benzene. Still, it is worth noting that these findings were based on a small number of cases. Are you a Camp Lejeune veteran struggling with male breast cancer? If so, we advise you to contact our expert team, as you might be eligible to file a claim and recover financial compensation for your suffering. Atraxia Law will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine your eligibility.

We can efficiently help you file your Camp Lejeune male breast cancer claim

Our team of professionals has over 35 years of experience in reviewing toxic exposure cases, so we have the necessary resources and knowledge to help you file your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim if you have male breast cancer. The only documents we will request to assess your case are your military records and your medical records. Eligible veterans will promptly be directed to a reputable attorney to have their claims filed.