Were you or your family stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune?

Camp Lejeune water contamination impacted thousands of families who were dedicated to serving their country, causing undue suffering, severe illness, permanent disability, and loss. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (H.R.6482) will allow certain individuals to sue and recover damages from this exposure.

Between 1953 and 1987, contaminated drinking water at North Carolina's U.S. Marine Core Base Camp Lejeune put thousands of people at risk for cancer and other serious illnesses.

What Was in the Water at Camp Lejeune?

Toxic chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were detected in the drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune. Most of these compounds have been classified as carcinogenic (cancer causing) or probably carcinogenic.

There were four main toxic chemicals that people were exposed to: trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC) and Benzene, as well as 70 secondary chemicals.

The Following Chemicals and Solvents were Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune:

  • Benzene
  • ​​Perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Vinyl chloride (VC)

Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or “PCE”) was the main contaminant. Unfortunately, toxic exposure occurred among anyone at Camp Lejeune regardless of whether the water was ingested or used for bathing.

Who Might be Affected by Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune?

Anyone who lived, worked, or was stationed at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for a total of 30-days or more and have one or more of the medical conditions listed on this page were potentially affected.

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What are the symptoms of Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune can cause a range of serious health conditions, including multiple types of cancer, Parkinson’s, and more.

Initial symptoms of these health concerns include neurobehavioral effects, or changes to your behavior and cognitive functioning.


Possible Cancers

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Central Nervous System cancer (CNS)Testing water for toxic compounds
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer

Other Conditions and Symptoms of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

  • Cardiac defect
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis)
  • Female Infertility
  • Kidney damage
  • Immune disorders
  • Nerve damage
  • Miscarriage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity/disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Other chronic disease
  • Other nagging illness or ailment
Related Camp Lejeune Water Contamination News

Veteran's Affairs | Camp Lejeune water contamination health issues

Congress.gov | H.R.6482 - Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022