The chemicals that were in the Camp Lejeune water supply for 4 decades are well-known to be extremely harmful to the human body and have been associated with cert types of cancer, neurologic disorders, and birth defects.
Since the discovery of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, many scientific studies have assessed the health impact that water contamination had on Camp Lejeune residents and employees. All these studies reach the same conclusion: exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune significantly increased the risk of mortality from cancers and other chronic diseases.
One of the first major Camp Lejeune water studies lead by CDC scientist Frank Bove and published in 2014 in the journal Environmental Health. The Bove Study found that Marines at Camp Lejeune had elevated risks for several causes of death including kidney cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer, and cervical cancer. Camp Lejeune residents also had higher rates of multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Other health conditions, such as aplastic anemia and neurologic disorders, have also been linked to exposure to PCE and TCE. Other injuries include:
- ALS (Lou Gerhig's Disease)
- Birth Defects and Injuries
- Brain Damage
- Cardiac Defect
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Hepatic Steatosis
- Immune disorders
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral Effects
- Parkinson's Disease
- Plastic anemia (and other bone marrow conditions)
- Renal Toxicity
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