Ongoing federal research suggests more than 100 U.S. Marine Corps veterans may have contracted breast cancer from exposure to toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Camp Lejeune is one of the Marine Corps’ largest bases. It houses and employs tens of thousands of military and civilian personnel and for years, former residents claim contaminated drinking water has led to numerous health problems.
Chief among those problems is a cancer cluster of men who have developed breast cancer since living at the base.
According to St. Petersburg Times, one former Marine has personally identified 73 men who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. All of them either worked or lived at Camp Lejeune.
Numerous studies have shown the water supply at the Marine base was contaminated for years but the Marine Corps has stopped short of accepting a relationship between the contaminated drinking water and the rash of diseases reported among residents and employees at the base.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has also been combing Veterans Affairs’ health records and has identified at least 184 former Marines diagnosed with breast cancer. About half of those people are believed to have at one time lived at Camp Lejeune.
The report indicates the review of those records is only about one-third complete and potentially hundreds of former Marines could possibly attribute their breast cancer to Camp Lejeune.