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Ovarian Cancer Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

Veterans who served at certain military bases in the United States may have been exposed to a variety of chemicals used in regular military tasks, such as:

  • storage and dispensing of liquid petroleum fuels
  • cleaning and degreasing activities
  • ship, vehicle, and aircraft maintenance servicing, repairs, and overhaul

For example, veterans of the George Air Force Base in Victorville, California, and their families who lived with them on the base, may face an increased risk of ovarian cancer and other adverse health effects from prolonged exposure to toxic volatile organic compounds that were in the now-shuttered water supplies on or near the base.

Other military bases that have Superfund sites with VOCs contamination include:

  • Elmendorf Air Force Base
  • Fort Richardson
  • Eielson Air Force Base
  • Luke Air Force Base
  • El Torro Marine Corps Air Station
  • March Air Force Base
  • Mather Air Force Base
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Treasure Island Naval Air Station
  • Moffit Naval Air Station
  • Travis Air Force Base
  • Jacksonville Naval Air Station
  • Pensacola Naval Air Station
  • Fort Riley
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • Fort Devens-Sudbury
  • Pease Air Force Base
  • Griffiss Air Force Base
  • Plattsburg Air Force Base
  • Camp Lejeune
  • Middletown Air Field
  • Letterkenny Army Depot
  • Hill Air Force Base
  • McChord Air Force Base
  • Fort Lewis Logistics Center

Other toxic substances present at these bases that can greatly increase the risk of developing gynecological cancers in those who were exposed to, include:

  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE)

If you stationed on one of the above-mentioned military bases for 1 year or longer and experience discomfort in the pelvis area, swollen tummy, increased urge to urinate, back pain, and unintentional weight loss, we strongly advise you to seek immediate medical attention.

These symptoms may indicate that you may have developed ovarian cancer as a consequence of exposure to different types of contaminants while serving on active duty.

Exposure to Benzene Has Been Shown to Increase the Risk of Developing Gynecological Cancers, Including Ovarian Cancer

Studies show that exposure to benzene, a key component of gasoline and a known human carcinogen, and other harmful chemicals that leaked from on-base, underground waste storage tanks, and industrial spills, can increase the risk of certain cancers by as much as 40 percent.

In the United States, benzene ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Manufacturers use it to make products such as rubber, dyes, lubricants, detergents, industrial solvents, thinners, gasoline, and other fuels.

In untreated groundwater, benzene was found at levels much higher than what the federal drinking water standard permits.

While the incidence and mortality rates have been decreasing lately, ovarian cancer still ranks as the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women.

The cause of ovarian cancer is not well understood in every case, though researchers have found connections with genetic mutations like BRCA1 or BRCA2, family history, age, and exposure to toxic chemicals.

For Servicewomen With Ovarian Cancer, Atraxia Law Is Known for Providing Quality Legal Aid Services

The VA currently evaluates disabilities related to exposure to harsh chemicals while living on a military base on a case-by-case basis.

Military veterans are eligible for VA compensation payments and medical care for their service-connected condition at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.

Additionally, surviving dependents of deceased veterans are eligible for cash payments intended to prevent family members from living in destitution.

We advocate for the veterans who served on active duty at targeted military bases with high levels of toxic contamination, assisting them in getting the compensation that they deserve.

To be eligible for VA disability compensation, veterans must have started within a certain time period of active duty service. An experienced member at Atraxia Law can discuss all criteria you need to meet.

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