Studies on children who have come down with brain tumors due to environmental conditions are making some interesting conclusions that could change the way industries and individuals carry out their commercial activities. For a long time now, pediatric oncologists all over the world have been conducting unrelenting research on the association between environmental factors that could cause brain cancer.
Brain cancer can be defined as a space-occupying lesion characterized by excessive and uncontrollable growth or brain cells. There are several types of brain cancers depending on the particular brain cell affected. This means that any part of the brain can be affected leading to a constellation of symptoms that often differ from one case to another.
Most of childhood brain tumors are amenable to surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy when diagnosed early. However, some are extremely aggressive and can cause serious neurological damage and even lead to death. Other tumors on the other hand take too long to grow that the child’s body “learns to live with it”. At times, the tumor may encroach on a vital brain region leading to neurological deficits that can impair the quality of life of the child.
Environmental Conditions Associated With Childhood Brain
Technological advancement has led to the development of variety industrial and agricultural processes that studies have indicated are doing more harm than good. This is because the industrial plants and agricultural farms use dangerous chemicals and solvents that if emitted to the environment (air, water and soil) release oncogenic compounds cause mutations of in the genes of brain cells.
- The children that later develop brain cancer are exposes during pregnancy and early childhood. A number of studies are examining possible or potential risk factors for brain tumor in children and have identified the following environmental conditions as possible culprits:
- Early childhood exposure to infective agents especially viruses, bacteria and parasites: These infective agents usually interfere with the physiological functions of brain cells leading to development of cells with unlimited replicative potentials.
- Childhood exposure to environmental toxins: The culprit toxins that have been implicated in the causation of brain tumors in children include pesticides, herbicides, solvents as well as other household chemicals.
- Parental occupational exposure to chemicals and radiation: Pregnant mothers working in industries radioactive materials can subject the developing embryo to ionizing radiation leading to brain cancer. Some chemicals may emitted by these industries may also act as carcinogens that interfere with baby in-utero (in the womb).
- Parental medication during pregnancy: some drugs used to treat medical conditions may act as teratogens that can cause cancer in the child soon after delivery or may only present during late childhood.
What Are Your Legal Options?
If you suspect that your child has suffered brain cancer associated with previous or prevailing environmental conditions then you should be aware of your legal right as a parent or a relative of the victim to take action. This is where the services of an experienced brain injury attorney come in handy. Incase your claim passes and eligibility test; the attorney can help you file a lawsuit, which can win you financial settlement if successfully litigated.