Walter Reed Army Medical Center Doctors found that
breast cancer rates among military women are “significantly higher”
— that military women are 20% to 40% more likely to get the disease
than other women in the same age groups.
women are more likely to be engaged in industrial jobs than
females in the general population and more likely
to be exposed to chemicals that may be related to breast cancer,”
researchers wrote in the 2009 study.
emissions. Breast cancer is linked to men and
women working as radio operators, electricians, telephone repair
people and other jobs involving exposure to electromagnetic
Army enlisted women who worked regularly with
at least one volatile organic compound — such as solvents, paints
and exhaust — were 48% more likely to develop breast cancer than
those who didn’t, according to a 2005 military study of those under 35.
work. Female civilian aircrew members have higher rates of breast
cancer, likely due to repeated and prolonged exposure to solar radiation. Research on male Air Force crew members, though not on female, has found similar spikes in
other cancer rates.
bases. Many of the worst Superfund toxic cleanup sites, often linked
to all kinds of cancer clusters, are located on current or former
military bases. Camp Lejeune, N.C., for example, has witnessed an
shocking number of male breast cancer cases!
work. A 2012 study of Danish military women correlates night-shift workers with breast cancer — for both those
in uniform and their families. Researchers found those working the
swing shift were 40% more likely to face breast cancer diagnoses. Suspected is the
suppression of melatonin from sleepless nights which may also
inhibit the body’s ability to fight off cancer-causing cells! WLTX, A Gannett Company, Columbia, SC, Oct. 3, 2012, by D. London
PREVENTION IS BEST! There are two basic methods of preventive screening for breast cancer:
1. Mammograms. A safe, low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. Starting at age 40, women should have screening mammograms every 1-2 years. Depending on factors such as family history and your general health, your doctor may recommend a mammogram before age 40.
2. Clinical Breast Exams. The doctor looks at and feels the breasts and under the arms for lumps or anything else that seems unusual. Ask your doctor if you need a CBE. (Source: US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
“One of the highest forms of cancer
among our service members and veterans is breast cancer,” says US Congressman Leonard L. Boswell, D-Iowa.
More than 800 women were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet more have been diagnosed with breast cancer. From 2000 to
2011, 874 military women developed breast cancer, according to
the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. A 2009 study found that
female deployees were evacuated from combat zones because of
suspected or confirmed breast cancer more “than for any other
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