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Soft Tissue Cancer Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

Veterans and their families who lived at military facilities across the country are facing a high rate of life-threatening conditions, including soft tissue cancer, due to chemical contaminants in drinking-water sources arising from military-affiliated operations and industrial sources.

Toxic substances that can increase the risk of cancer to those who were exposed to, include:

  • per-and polyfluorinated substances
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • trichloroethylene
  • trihalomethanes
  • carbon tetrachloride
  • tetrachloroethylene
  • methylene chloride
  • vinyl chloride
  • xylene
  • benzene
  • 1,1- dichloroethane
  • 2-butanone

Exposure to these toxic agents on military installations increases the risk of developing soft tissue cancer in people who were stationed there. It is worth pointing out that the disease may not develop immediately after the toxic exposure, as it may take several years for these harmful chemicals to cause damage to the tissues they reach inside of the body.

Thereby, veterans and the family members who lived with them on a targeted base, need to pay close attention to their health and seek medical attention as soon as they begin experiencing distressing symptoms.

Veterans' Toxic Exposure at Military Bases and the Risk of Soft Tissue Cancer

Soft tissue sarcoma refers to cancer that begins in soft tissue, such as muscle, fibrous tissues, tendons, fat, nerves, joint tissues, and blood vessels. These tumors can be found anywhere in the body but the most common sites are around the head and neck, bladder, and abdomen.

If you were stationed at one of the targeted military bases and experience the following symptoms, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed soft tissue sarcoma as a consequence of exposure to certain cancer-causing agents:

  • a growing lump somewhere on the body
  • pain due to the tumor compressing nerves or muscles
  • fatigue, fever, weight loss, and anemia

Drinking water at living quarters and workplaces on military bases contained hazardous concentrations of chemical contaminants, as federal research has confirmed.

Benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and other hazardous compounds, including vinyl chloride were among them. Vinyl chloride, perhaps the most toxic substance found in drinking water, far exceeded the human health risk of 2 ppb.

Vinyl chloride is classified as a “human carcinogen” by the IARC and the US EPA, meaning it is seen as a definite cause of cancer in humans. Prolonged exposure to vinyl chloride may increase the risk of developing soft tissue sarcomas.

Vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe cabling and coating, car upholstery, and plastic kitchenware, among many other materials.

Notable military sites at which vinyl chloride contamination has been found in drinking water or groundwater, include:

Studies show connections between humans exposed to high levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and the increased risk of certain cancers, including soft tissue cancer.

To ensure safe drinking water, the DoD has conducted testing of appropriate municipal supply drinking water wells and drinking water systems that may be at risk of PFAS contamination from historic military operations.

For bases with PFAS levels higher than the level recommended by the EPA, bottled water has been given as an alternative.

Call Us if You Are a Veteran or a Family Member Who Was Stationed at Contaminated Military Bases

If you were stationed on one of the above-mentioned military bases, either alone or with your family members, you are entitled to financial compensation through a compensation claim and also additionally through a VA claim.

If you have a current diagnosis of soft tissue cancer that you believe could be related to exposure to toxic substances on a military base, please call Atraxia Law today.

We will do everything in our power to help you obtain full and fair compensation for the losses you have suffered due to exposure to PFAS and other toxic agents on military bases.

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