The above symptoms may not point conclusively to kidney or bladder cancer. TCE and PCE may also damage these organs and impact how well they function. People can discuss any potential symptoms with their doctors.
2: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Researchers have also linked TCE/PCE exposure to NHL. This is a specific type of cancer that affects the white blood cells of the immune system. This may lead to tumors developing throughout the body. NHL symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Night sweats
- Persistent fatigue
- Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, neck or groin
- Unexplained weight loss
Anyone who was at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 may have experienced exposure to TCE and PCE. If any persistent symptoms of NHL develop, affected individuals should see a doctor. A thorough exam and diagnostic workup can help determine if NHL is causing the symptoms.
3: Cardiac Defects
Research shows a link between occupational exposure to TCE and cardiac defects in newborns. Cardiac defects may affect the shape and function of the heart. They may also affect how and where important blood vessels connect to the heart.
It is unclear how high the risk of cardiac defects may be for infants born to people exposed to TCE. In 1 study, TCE-exposed people had twice the average risk of giving birth to children with cardiac defects.
Camp Lejeune-associated people whose infants were born with cardiac defects should consider the timing. If their child was born during the contamination period, TCE may have harmed the child. Since cardiac defects may require lifelong treatment, financial assistance may be helpful.
Help for Camp Lejeune Victims
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 became official in August of that year. It provides assistance for people affected by Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. Affected individuals may qualify for compensation to help cover treatment for related health issues. Those who are eligible may be able to file a claim for compensation from the government.
Camp Lejeune claims can help cover costs, like medical expenses, related to TCE and PCE exposure. Qualified lawyers can help victims understand their options.
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