Children Born At Camp Lejeune May Be Predestined To Develop Cancer During Their Lifetimes
Children of mothers who were pregnant at Camp Lejeune are reporting rare types of cancer and other illnesses in adulthood
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 - Mike Partain, who has gained notoriety by speaking at local Town Hall meetings and partnering with Erin Brockovich to alert others, is a male breast cancer survivor who put two and two together recently and came to the conclusion that his mother's pregnancy and his being born in 1968 at Camp Lejeune was the most probable cause of his disease. Partain's wife discovered a lump in his breast and he became suspicious of Camp Lejeune when watching "retired Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's testimony on CNN. He testified in Congress about children of Marines born at Camp Lejeune between January 1968 and December 1985. They were being studied for toxic chemicals in the drinking water aboard Marine Base. Those exposures were to tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and benzene," according to an article in malebreastcancerhappens.org. It wasn't until Mike Partain turned 39 years old that the probable source of his male breast cancer became sickeningly obvious. Partain was alerted to watch the CNN testimony by his father, a former US Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and benzene have been found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, and these compounds are known to be hazardous and have been linked to adverse health effects, including certain types of cancers, developmental issues, and neurological disorders. The contamination at Camp Lejeune was a result of historical practices involving the use of these chemicals for cleaning and maintenance purposes. Leakage and improper disposal led to the infiltration of these chemicals into the groundwater, affecting the drinking water supply of the base's residents. The U.S. government and military have acknowledged the extent of the issue and have taken measures to address it, including providing medical support to those who may have been affected. US marines may file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim and seek reimbursement for their water-related illnesses.
The topic of Camp Lejeune water contamination is center stage at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and extensive research and scientific reports indicate the links between drinking Camp Lejeune drinking tap water and developing cancer. Anyone interested in investigating the allegations can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and read for themselves. One interesting report was recently published by the Agency For Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry. Their scientists determined "When civilian workers with higher exposures at Camp Lejeune were compared to Camp Lejeune workers with lower exposures, higher cumulative exposures to the contaminants were associated with increased risks for cancers of the kidney, esophagus, prostate, and rectum, leukemias, and Parkinson's disease." Also studied were the rates of Adverse Birth Outcomes like birth defects, babies stillborn, and miscarriages. According to the CDC, "ATSDR's study results suggest associations between in utero exposure to PCE, TCE and benzene in Camp Lejeune drinking water and adverse birth outcomes." The study also confirmed the association between drinking Camp Lejeune water and an increase in the rates of male breast cancer, an extremely rare condition.