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Report: Cancer Rates Rising Dramatically Among Veterans

Report: Cancer Rates Rising Dramatically Among Veterans
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By    |   Wednesday, 30 October 2019 07:34 AM

A new report exposes a link between serving in the military and contracting certain types of cancer.

According to McClatchy, there is growing concern among service members and their families about various blood, prostate, and urinary tract cancers.

The video report focuses on a widow whose husband was diagnosed with leukemia while he was serving overseas. Army Sgt. Curt Forshey was moved from Iraq to Kuwait after experiencing constant bleeding, and it was there that he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Medical officials took him to Germany to begin treatment, but he died soon after following a brain aneurysm.

The soldiers's widow, Laura Forshey, recalled to McClatchy that a military doctor told her of her husband's condition: "It's a monster. We've never seen anything like this. We were doing brain scans. He was all clear. We knew it could be a complication."

Curt Forshey died the following day.

From 2000-2018, the number of soldiers being treated for the three aforementioned types of cancer has steadily risen. Experts agree that there are some common denominators, including the location of where the soldiers served and the obvious fact that they were all in the military.

"It's clearly occupational exposure," retired Navy Cmdr. Mike "Bing" Crosby said. Crosby is the founder of the advocacy group Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness.

"We don't know what the cause is, that study hasn't been done."

The VA is pushing back on the data and said its internal tracking shows there is no such increase. Crosby told McClatchy he believes the VA has some "fear … about what it's gonna cost or if they have the budget."

A report earlier this year, meanwhile, showed that nearly 200 military installations and sites across the U.S. were found to have unsafe levels of harmful chemicals that can cause cancer.

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