Fort Detrick Cancer Cluster Lawsuits. The area around Fort Detrick, in Frederick Maryland a United States Army Garrison may be the site of a cancer cluster. The air, water and land around Fort Detrick may have been polluted by Agent Orange testing, radiation as well as the dumping of toxic chemicals like tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE).
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with cancer, and you lived in the Fort Detrick vicinity, exposure to these toxic chemicals could be to blame.
Toxic substance litigation lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating cancer rates in communities around Fort Detrick. Cancers that may be associated with Fort Detrick include:
- Bladder cancer
- Brain tumors
- Breast cancer
- Hodgkins disease
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Soft tissue carcinoma
Parker Waichman LLP is offering free lawsuit consultations to anyone who believes they or a loved one developed cancer due to toxic exposure related to Fort Detrick. To learn how our Fort Detrick cancer lawyers can help you, please contact us for your free lawsuit evaluation today or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER(1-800-968-7529).
Fort Detrick Cancer Cluster
According to a report from The Washington Post, Fort Detrick was the site of Agent Orange research from the 1940s into the 1960s. Fort Detrick’s Area B was used for Agent Orange testing, as well as for buried disposal of a number of contaminants including biological materials, test animal carcasses, radiological tracer materials, phosgene cylinders, and drums containing organic solvents such as TCE and PCE. In April 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater to the National Priority List (NPL) based on PCE and TCE detections in offsite drinking wells.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service, including prostate cancer, chronic B cell leukemia, Hodgkins disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, soft tissue carcinoma, and respiratory cancers. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia, rectal cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer have all been associated with exposure to PCE and TCE.
Recently, the Kristen Renee Foundation surveyed an area within a 6-mile radius of Fort Detrick. Of those tested, scientists found residents whose bodies contained toxins which matched the footprint of chemicals found in the soil around the facility. The survey also found at least one cancer case in all homes surveyed stretching back to the 1960s. The group has so far documented roughly 1000 cases of cancer within a 6 mile radius of Fort Detrick.
Maryland Cancer Registry data show that the number of all cases of cancer observed in the three census tracts near Fort Detrick was statistically greater than the number expected based upon the Maryland rate for all cancers. The state cancer registry shows that Frederick County has the highest cancer rates in the state of Maryland, at 525 cancers per 100,000 people as compared to the statewide average of 461 cancers per 100,000 people.
Fort Detrick Cancer Cluster Victims – Legal Help
If your family has been stricken with cancer that you believe may be the result of exposure to toxic chemicals from Fort Detrick, Maryland, you may have valuable legal rights. To learn how our Fort Detrick cancer lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.