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January 2, 2014

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The contaminated water could cause cancers of the bladder, breast, kidney, lung, and esophagus. It could cause female infertility, hepatic steatosis, leukemia, miscarriage, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, neuro-behavioral effects, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, renal toxicity and Scleroderma.

Any veteran eligible for care under the Camp Lejeune authority won’t be charged a co-payment for health care related to the illnesses or conditions mentioned above. In addition, any third party insurance company won’t be billed for the services.

Imel, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune during those dangerous years, wanted everyone to know about the new law and what it can mean for them. He is a retired member of the United States Marine Corps and was on active duty for more than 22 years.

Imel wants everyone to know the latest about the situation at Camp Lejeune. He showed me a report that stated that a long-awaited study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a link between tainted tap water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.

The study, released late Dec. 5 by the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, surveyed the parents of 12,598 children born at Lejeune between 1968 and 1985, the year that Marine officials closed drinking-water wells contaminated with chemicals from a leaky fuel depot and a dry cleaner.

The study concludes that babies born to mothers who drank the tap water while pregnant were four times more likely than normal to have serious birth defects, such as spinal bifida. Babies whose mothers were exposed also had an elevated risk of such childhood cancers as leukemia.” The CDC was able to confirm 15 cases of spina bifida and anencephaly, 24 oral clefts and 13 cancers.

More than 100 cases of birth defects and childhood cancers were reported, but only the 52 cases the CDC could confirm through medical records were included in the analysis.

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