2015 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:48:16 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Does Camp Lejeune has a cancer cluster?
A Cancer Cluster Is Tough to Prove

by George Johnson
New York Times
February 18, 2015

Last month, thousands of Marines and their families were blocked in federal court from pursuing their claim that the government had given them cancer. The decision, involving people exposed to contaminated drinking water while stationed at Camp Lejeune, a base in North Carolina, didn’t consider the science.

Long before expert witnesses could be called to testify, a United States Court of Appeals let stand its earlier ruling that the lawsuit had come too late. It failed to meet the requirements of a state statute banning claims arising more than 10 years after the final occurrence of a harmful act.


Over all, Marines who had served at Lejeune were 10 percent more likely to die from cancer than their counterparts at Pendleton. Deaths from kidney cancer, for example, were 35 percent more likely. Altogether, 16 of 21 types of cancer showed modest increases at Lejeune.


For the entire article, see
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/health/cancer-can-be-tough-case-to- prove.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150216&nlid=46605387&tntemail0=y


Lenny Siegel
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