The month of March is recognized as Myeloma Awareness Month. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell that is important for a healthy immune system. Over time, myeloma cells will collect in the body’s bone marrow, forming tumors in the body’s bones. These tumors may prevent the bone marrow from making enough healthy blood cells and weaken bones throughout the body.
Myeloma is more common in older people, especially men, and African American individuals. In the United States, there were about 35,000 people diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2022. Common symptoms for multiple myeloma include:
- Bone pain
- Weakness or fatigue
- Weight Loss
- Frequent Infections
- Frequent Urination
Multiple myeloma, along with a list of other cancers and illnesses, occurred in many people that lived and/or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. Evidence supports that toxic water and the chemicals therein, may have led to development of many of these illnesses. Other illnesses those exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune have been diagnosed with include:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiac Defects
- Breast Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Kidney Failure
- Hepatic Steatosis
If you or a loved one are a veteran, reservist, guardsmen, or family member who meet the following requirements, you may be eligible for compensation benefits.
- Serving at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953-December 1987, AND
- You did not receive a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the military, AND
- You have been diagnosed with one of the above conditions.
Call our office today or fill out a free case evaluation if you believe that you meet all of the above criteria for possible compensation.