Sherry, Last April when asking the ATSDR about blood diseases such as autoimmune disease, bone marrow damage and the effects to the immune system from the toxins we had been exposed to I received this reply.
TCE, PCE, and benzene have been linked to the diseases you mentioned below in other studies. To examine the link between contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune and adverse health effects, ATSDR is going to conduct a mortality study and health survey, starting this year.
The health survey instrument will collect information on cancers and the following non-cancer diseases of interest: Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure and other severe kidney diseases, severe liver diseases, lupus, aplastic anemia, TCE-related skin disorders, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), infertility, endometriosis, and miscarriages occurring to women who were pregnant while residing or working on base.
The mortality study will evaluate the following diseases associated with the chemicals:
• aplastic anemia (benzene)
• bladder cancer (PCE)
• brain cancer (VC)
• breast cancer (PCE)
• cervical cancer (TCE, PCE)
• colon/rectal cancer (PCE)
• esophageal cancer (PCE)
• Hodgkin’s disease (TCE)
• kidney cancers (TCE)
• kidney diseases (TCE, PCE)
• leukemias (TCE, benzene, PCE)
• liver cancer and liver disease (TCE, VC)
• lung cancer (PCE, VC)
• lupus (TCE)
• motor neuron disease/ALS (solvents)
• multiple myeloma (TCE, benzene)
• multiple sclerosis (solvents)
• NHL (TCE, PCE, benzene)
• pancreatic cancer (PCE)
• Parkinson’s disease (TCE)
• scleroderma (TCE, PCE)
• soft tissue sarcoma (VC)
During tomorrow’s CAP meeting, we will provide an update on the studies and discuss the water modeling analyses. You can view the meeting over the internet on our website http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/events.html
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