The Air Force said it is now examining whether 14 different cancers may be more prevalent among its active-duty and veteran missileers and expanding an ongoing study to see if service has put their health at increased risk.
Carcinogens that likely cause cancer — such as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs — were detected and cleaned up at three Air Force nuclear missile bases in the U.S. over the past year, the service said in an update Friday. But officials said they've only scratched the surface and are examining potential links for those who served at newer and older bases in an even larger health study expected to be finished in June 2024.
The Air Force commissioned a study and environmental testing at the three missile bases after a Space Force Guardian and former missileer created a presentation in December 2022 asking, “Do missileers have increased cancer risk?” according to a slide from a town hall provided by Air Force Global Strike Command.
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“We want to reassure people that have served at those prior bases, that we're not just looking at people that served at the three active missile bases,” Col. Tory Woodard, the commander of the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, said. “We know that some people that previously were missileers are now serving in other locations, many of them, you know,…