Why are breast cancer rates so high among US troops?

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24 Responses to “Why are breast cancer rates so high among US troops?”

  1. Ashen Victor says:

    Depleted uranium rounds maybe?

    I have being told that that shit may be quite radioactive.

  2. billstreeter says:

    Spent uranium might be one cause but really US Military bases are well known to be contaminated with all kinds of stuff. Camp Lejeune (mentioned above) had a long known and unaddressed issue with the ground water being contaminated with Trichloroethylene which is a cancer causing chemical.

  3. bklynchris says:

    per the Marine Corps Times article, oral contraceptives are singled out as the risk factor for women, and for the men?  Well, for them the suggested risk factor is exposure to environmental carcinogens.  Why does this really bother me to no end?

    btw-my family would like to thank the bb powers that be for the truncated feed, it appears I am now spending more quality time with them ; )

  4. peterkvt80 says:

    I wonder if the higher rate of cancer is due to better detection? Because there is health care for all the military maybe they are finding more problems that sometimes stay hidden in the rest of the population?

    • toyg says:

      It’s not just “having healthcare” — military personnel obviously spend more *time* going through healthcare for all sorts of “employment hazards”. If you have to take a scan to make sure the bullet was fully removed, there’s a fair chance you’ll spot any other abnormality in the area; and so on.

  5. ashypete says:

    I wonder if the cause could be something along these lines – Night Shift Work, Light at Night, and Risk of Breast Cancer. Rather than the more obvious environmental contaminants as some commenters have suggested?

  6. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    Sorry but if you are seeking a long healthy life then the service is generally not a good idea.

    • shay simmons says:

      I fail to see why.  In my immediate family we have dad, myself, two sisters, two brothers in law, and one husband all veterans, all over fifty, all in reasonably good health (Dad has Alzheimer’s but there’s no post hoc ergo propter hoc there that I know of).  

      Mining and farming are far more lethal occupations than the military.

      (Edited to add another brother in law).

      • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

        I think it has to do with all the shooting and stuff blowing up that tends to be a part of it.  At least for combat units, maybe not for admin staff.

        • blueprairie says:

          If you look at the statistics, mining and farming are still more dangerous.

          Hell, driving is more dangerous, in terms of # Americans killed and maimed each year.

          (and while my sisters and I were REMFs, my father/husband/BILs were all grunts).

  7. technobach says:

    This just in:  Breast cancer causes people to join the army.

  8. Tribune says:

    I wonder if they are going to look at wanting to join the military as a factor – be it socio economic or studies of biological baseline it would be a fascinating study yet likely to raise a huge shitstorm overshadowing any actual outcome (ie imagine the reporting if someone tested estrogen/testoterone levels in women recruits vs non recruits).

    Anyway with the male breast cancer spikes one would imagine environmental studies would be the best avenue of research.

  9. Bartek Bialy says:

    What about stress? http://youtu.be/rYbeyU3pQvI?t=12m13s (start from 12:13)

  10. keithg says:

    Xeni, are you anti pink-ribbony breast cancer awareness month? If you are, why?

  11. stringmonkey says:

    Drinking water at Camp LeJeune is a likely culprit.  They’ve had some of the worst drinking water in the country for many years, largely due to chemicals from stored ordnance and other things leaching into the water table.  President Obama recently signed legislation to compensate folks living there between 1957 and 1987 for health problems, but the water quality problems persisted for at least a decade after that.

  12. Mister says:

    my guess is the slew of shots and vaccines they give the soldiers. It wouldnt be the first time we experiment on our military men and women.

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