But scientists and researchers now cannot seem to figure out whether there is a conclusive link between illnesses and the contamination.The Corps says it is cooperating with scientists to try to research if there is a link.After discharge and in his early 20's he was diagnosed with Testecular cancer and had to have a removal operation.A few years later he had to have a tumor taken off near his kidney and at that time had chemo.
He was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 51 and after having a mastectomy he developed cancer in his liver, lungs, kidneys, bones, and brain. He had to fight and fight to get the military to say that his cancer could have been caused by agent orange, and now it may have been caused by something in our own country?? During that time frame I reviewed a denied claim from a Marine who had lived at Camp Lejeune at the apex of the contamination.
Each case is always decided on the individual merits and the former service member would need to show he was at the contamination site, current medical evidence of a disability, and an opinion by a medical Doctor that his disability was as likely as not caused by the contamination. I was lucky it had not gotten into my lymph nodes and I did not have to have radiation or chemo or subsequent treatment.
BUT---- I went to Mayo here in Scottsdale for the surgery and treatment.
The contaminated water also caused neurobehavioral effects.
Central nervous system depression, attention deficits, deficits in visual discrimination, altered visual evoked potentials, along with cancer and all the other damage it does to organs. I personally haven't been able to be tested for cancer(s), but, I have been plagued with metal health type issues since I was a child.