How is the study going to benefit those children who have already been diagnosed with a birth defect or cancer?

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How is the study going to benefit those children who have already been diagnosed with a birth defect or cancer?

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While there is no direct benefit to those children potentially harmed by the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, the information gained during the survey and study will help advance research on this topic and may help future children. [this part moved up] Only a small number of studies have looked at the risk of birth defects and childhood cancers among children born to mothers exposed during pregnancy to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in drinking water. During the proposed epidemiological study and water modeling, ATSDR will evaluate whether there is a relationship between the contaminants and the higher incidence of childhood cancers and birth defects.

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