A new study from the Pentagon reveals that military pilots and ground crew members are being diagnosed with cancer at a much higher rate than the general public in the United States. Many of these air crew and ground crew members are our neighbors here in the Las Vegas Valley, serving our country at Nellis Air Force Base.
According to an article written by Tara Copp of the Associated Press found on Military.com, Congress ordered the study as part of the 2021 defense bill. Retired air crew members had been lobbying the government for years to find out why so many of the military pilots and ground crew members they knew were getting cancer. The Pentagon conducted a year-long study of 900,000 members of the U.S. Military who had flown or worked on aircraft between the years of 1990-2017.
What they found in the study is alarming. Per Copp’s article, air crew members suffer from various types of cancer at a rate 24% higher than the general population. The research shows much higher rates of melanoma, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women for air crews.
The cancer rates were not as high for ground crew members, but they were higher than the general public by 3% overall. Study results show that ground crews had much higher rates of brain and nervous system cancers, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal cancers, and a higher rate of breast cancer in women.
Now that it has been confirmed that U.S. Military air crews and ground crew are suffering from higher rates of cancer, the Pentagon will have to try to find out why this is happening. Copp’s article brings up the fact that aviation crews have been asking officials to determine if the jet fuels and cleaning solvents they are exposed to in their work could be causing higher rates of cancer. Aviation crews have also asked if the massive radar systems on the aircraft carriers they land on could be a contributing factor.
On the positive side, the study also showed that these air crew and ground crew members who were diagnosed with cancer had a better chance of survival than the general public due to the fact that they undergo “regular required heath check-ups” and the cancers were usually found in the earliest stages.
You can review the results of the Pentagon study by CLICKING HERE.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
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