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Brain Cancer Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

The water supply at military bases is provided by water treatment plants, which serve enlisted-family housing, barracks for unmarried service personnel, base administrative offices, schools, and recreational areas.

Military bases' contamination likely increased the risk of brain cancer in veterans and families exposed. Dozens of chemicals have been detected at contaminated sites, including:

  • the VOCs trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser
  • perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning solvent
  • per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) commonly present in firefighting foams
  • benzene
  • chlorobenzene
  • vinyl chloride
  • xylene
  • toluene

To make matters worse, these chemicals appeared in concentrations hundreds of times higher than the levels permitted by safety standards.

Synthetic firefighting foam has been widely used since the 1960s. The most obvious victims of synthetic firefighting foam are those who use it as a part of their occupation.

Firefighters at airports, naval bases, and other areas where PFAS-based firefighting foam is commonly used may have had unhealthy levels of contact with these substances, thereby, they may be at a much higher risk of cancers and other related illnesses than the general population.

However, firemen aren’t the only ones at risk. PFAS substances have also been found in drinking water supplies throughout the United States. In fact, the toxic fluorinated chemicals are now confirmed or suspected at over 600 military facilities.

PFAS compounds can travel long distances through soil and water and enter groundwater; they don’t break down in the environment and can accumulate in animals, and humans.

The Link Between Brain Cancer and the Contaminants Found in the Water Supply at Military Installations

In the United States, around 17000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor each year. Another 100,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the brain or spinal cord that spreads from another place in the body.

Although the cause of most brain tumors is not fully understood and there are very few well-established risk factors, studies show correlations between certain environmental factors and rates of brain tumors.

Today, many scientists believe that environmental factors may raise a person's risk of developing a brain tumor.

Brain tumors occur when abnormal cells form within the brain, however, not all brain tumors are cancerous. Compared to non-cancerous tumors, a malignant brain tumor tends to grow faster and is well-differentiated, which means it has distinct boundaries and can invade adjacent normal tissue.

Gliomas are among the most common types of brain cancer, accounting for almost 80% of malignant brain tumors. They arise from the glial cells of the brain and nervous system.

Some studies suggest that men regularly exposed to benzene in the year before their child is conceived are more than twice as likely to have that child develop a brain tumor. Jet fuel and benzene vapor exposure were measured during aircraft fueling and aircraft maintenance at many U.S. Air Force bases.

U.S. Air Force bases with high levels of chemical contamination include:

If you served on active duty at targeted military bases with high levels of toxic contamination and experience the following symptoms, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed brain cancer:

  • headaches
  • drowsiness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • confusion and irritability
  • blurred or double vision
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness
  • weakness in parts of the body

Call Us If You Stationed at U.S. Military Bases & Installations, and Are Now Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

If you stationed at a military base, camp, post, station, yard, or center either alone or with your family members, chances are you were exposed to a significant amount of pollution through the facility’s water supply.

US military veterans who served on bases that have records of exposure issues have access to specialized medical care and financial assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you feel you may be entitled to these benefits, you need to contact Atraxia Law today for a free case evaluation.

Eligible family members receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred from the treatment of qualifying health conditions, including brain cancer. Schedule a time to talk to a member of our team to determine if we can help you with your claim

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