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From 1953 to 1987, some water sources at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Veterans, family members, workers and other residents at the base may have been exposed. As a result, some individuals may have developed related health conditions, such as cancer. Information on these injuries and how to receive compensation can be found below.


01. Contaminated Water and Injuries

Camp Lejeune Water Linked to Cancer and Other Injuries

Camp Lejeune is located near Jacksonville, North Carolina. For over three decades, contamination of Camp Lejeune’s drinking water exposed veterans, residents and workers to harmful chemicals. The contamination was present in water processed through some of the base’s water treatment plants that base residents drank and used for cooking and bathing. Buildings and areas served by contaminated wells from these plants were affected by the harmful water.

Contaminated water at Camp Lejeune was found to contain the following volatile organic compounds (VOCs):

  • Benzene
  • Tetrachloroethylene (also called perchloroethylene or PCE)
  • Trans-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Vinyl chloride

This contaminated water has been linked to an increased risk of several types of cancer, including bladder cancer, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Individuals who were present at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, may be at risk for these conditions. If you have already developed one of these illnesses and resided or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days during this time window, your disease may have been caused by the base’s contaminated drinking water. Marine Corps veterans and other affected individuals should contact a lawyer to learn more about their options.

02. Cancers and Other Injuries

List of Cancers and Illnesses From Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

The water contamination at Camp Lejeune exposed people to harmful chemicals for more than 30 years. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) estimates as many as one million military members, civilian staff and their families might have been exposed to the contaminated water.

These diseases fall into several categories, including blood disorders, cancers, reproductive issues and other diseases and disorders. All of these issues should be taken seriously. If you or a loved one believe you were exposed to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water, you may want to see a doctor.

Blood Disorders Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes

Cancers Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

  • Appendix cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Soft tissue cancer
  • Spinal cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Any other unlisted cancer

Kidney Diseases Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

  • End-stage renal disease
  • Renal toxicity (nephrotoxicity)

Neurologic Disorders Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Parkinson’s disease

Reproductive Issues Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

  • Birth defects (including, but not limited to, choanal atresia, eye defects, low birth weight, neural tube defects and oral cleft defects)
  • Female infertility
  • Fetal death
  • Major fetal malformations
  • Miscarriage

Other Diseases Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

  • Cardiac defects
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Scleroderma
03. Symptoms

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Symptoms

Nearly 40 diseases have been associated with the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Individuals who develop these conditions may experience various symptoms leading up to their diagnosis.

Most Common Symptoms of Diseases Associated With Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

Various symptoms can be related to the nearly 40 diseases currently associated with Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. The following symptoms are the most commonly occurring among these observed conditions:

  • Belly pain
  • Blood in the urine
  • Bone pain
  • Bruising or bleeding easily
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood counts (low red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets)
  • Swollen belly
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

It can be difficult to predict which symptoms may manifest in different patients. Variables such as age, disease severity and overall patient health can affect how symptoms will present. If you or a loved one was present at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1953 and December 1987, you may want to contact a doctor to discuss any changes in your health. Diagnosing some of these diseases early may lead to a better prognosis.

Symptoms of Blood Disorders Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Blood disorders called aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) have been connected to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. Both of these serious conditions affect bone marrow and blood. They often have similar symptoms.

Some common symptoms of aplastic anemia and MDS include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Frequent infections
  • Headache
  • Nosebleeds, bleeding gums or any bleeding that lasts too long
  • Red or purple spots on the skin caused by bleeding under the skin
  • Shortness of breath when exercising or being active
  • Unexplained or easy bruising
  • Unusually pale skin
  • Weakness

Symptoms will vary for each individual, typically with less severe symptoms in the early stages.

Symptoms of Cancers Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

More than 20 types of cancer have been connected to water contamination exposure at Camp Lejeune. Symptoms of cancer are often caused by the body attempting to fight off the intruding cells or by growing tumors putting pressure on other organs.

According to the American Cancer Society, common symptoms of cancer include:

  • Bladder changes, such as pain when urinating, blood in the urine or changes in frequency
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea or a change in how the stools look
  • Cough or hoarseness
  • Eating problems, such as reduced appetite, trouble swallowing, belly pain, nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Headaches
  • Mouth changes such as sores, bleeding, pain or numbness
  • Pain, especially new pains or those with no known reason
  • Skin changes, such as a lump that bleeds or turns scaly, a new mole or a change in a mole, a sore that does not heal or jaundice
  • Swelling or lumps anywhere in the body
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Weight loss or gain of 10 pounds or more for no known reason

Cancer symptoms can vary greatly based on where the cancer occurs in the body and which bodily systems it affects. Concerned individuals should see a doctor to discuss any changes to their health.

Symptoms of Kidney Diseases Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Kidney diseases impact kidney function, which can affect the body’s ability to filter waste and excess fluid from the body. Several symptoms are associated with loss of kidney function, including:

  • Changes in how much you urinate
  • Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Metallic taste
  • Muscle twitches and cramps
  • Nausea
  • Persistent itching
  • Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Vomiting

In the early stages of kidney disease or nephrotoxicity, patients may experience few to no symptoms. As the condition progresses, more symptoms may start to appear.

Symptoms of Neurologic Disorders Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water has been linked to neurobehavioral effects and disorders. A 2009 National Research Council (NRC) report on the contaminated base water characterized neurobehavioral effects to include symptoms such as:

  • Alterations in neurobehavioral tests that indicate deficits in attention, reaction time, visuomotor coordination, motor function, digit symbol and contrast sensitivity
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Lack of coordination
  • Neuropsychological disorders such as learning or behavioral disorders
  • Sensory disturbances
  • Tension
  • Trouble concentrating

The contaminated water has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects the nervous system, which may at first manifest as small tremors. However, the disease is progressive, with symptoms increasing in severity as time goes on. Common signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Impaired posture and balance
  • Loss of automatic movements
  • Rigid muscles
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
  • Speech changes
  • Tremor
  • Writing changes

Symptoms of Reproductive Issues Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

The harmful chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water from August 1953 to December 1987 may have affected some individuals’ ability to reproduce and/or the health of their offspring. Several conditions fall under the umbrella of “reproductive issues,” including trouble conceiving, conditions developed in utero and with birth.

Symptoms of some of the reproductive issues associated with Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water are below.

Birth defects and fetal malformations may be visibly obvious, such as a cleft palate, or internal, such as a heart condition. They may not have observable “symptoms” as symptoms are experienced and reported by the patient. A doctor can assess visible defects for the best path forward. Internal defects may be discovered when the baby is born or during development.

In some unfortunate cases, exposure to harmful chemicals can cause fetal death or miscarriage. The mother may experience certain symptoms leading up to these events.

Signs of fetal death include:

  • No fetal heartbeat
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Stopping of fetal movement and kicks

Signs of miscarriage include:

  • Fluid or tissue passing from the vagina
  • Pain or cramping in the abdomen or lower back
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding

Chemical exposure from Camp Lejeune’s water may also lead to female infertility. The main sign of infertility is an inability to get pregnant. Changes in menstrual cycle may also be observed. This can include cycles that are too long, too short, infrequent, inconsistent or completely absent.

If you or a loved one have experienced any of these issues, you may be eligible for compensation.

Symptoms of Other Diseases Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Other conditions have also been connected to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. These conditions and associated symptoms include:

  • Cardiac defects: Blue-tinted nails or lips, fast or troubled breathing, sleepiness, tiredness when eating
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease): Abdominal pain or a feeling of fullness, extreme tiredness, jaundice, loss of appetite, mental confusion, nausea, swollen abdomen and legs, weakness, weight loss
  • Scleroderma: Skin issues, such as hardened patches, discoloration, appearance of lines on skin and thickening; systemic issues, such as esophageal dysfunction and calcinosis

Who Is Eligible for Financial Compensation?

Some Camp Lejeune veterans, family members and workers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. To be eligible, individuals must have been present on base at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1953 and December 1987 and developed a cancer or injury linked to the base’s water contamination.

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04. Common Questions

Common Questions About Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water

What are some common symptoms related to contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune?

So far, around 40 conditions have been associated with exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. Each of these diseases has its own set of symptoms. However, a few common symptoms include:

  • Belly pain
  • Blood in the urine
  • Bone pain
  • Bruising or bleeding easily
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Frequent or severe infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood counts (low red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets)
  • Swollen belly
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

How can I find out if I’m eligible to receive compensation for my injury?

Individuals who believe their disease might be related to contaminated water exposure from Camp Lejeune should contact a lawyer to discuss their options. General eligibility criteria for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit includes:

  • Development of one or more of the qualifying conditions associated with contaminated water exposure
  • Presence at the base for 30 or more days between August 1953 and December 1987

How much time do I have to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit?

The normal North Carolina statutes of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death do not apply to Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides victims of the base’s contaminated water two years to file after its enactment. Veterans and family members who develop a disease associated with the water contamination should speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to get their case started.

Is the water at Camp Lejeune safe to drink today?

Camp Lejeune’s water is safe to drink today and has been for several decades. The base’s most contaminated wells were shut down in 1985. The water has been shown to be safe since 1987.

What if I wasn’t assigned to or did not live in a contaminated area?

You may still be eligible for compensation even if you weren’t assigned to a contaminated area or did not reside there. Veterans and their families may have spent more than 30 days in contaminated areas for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, training, schooling and recreational activities.

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