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17 Male Breast Cancer Victims Have Ties to Camp Lejeune Marine BaseSalem-News.com Staff
Veterans with rare cancer or tumors identify Camp Lejeune water as the source of their illnesses.
(CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.) - A growing number of men who drank contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine base in North Carolina, have breast cancer.
The AP reported Wednesday, that scientists studying the water at the base were "startled" after learning that 11 men with breast cancer and ties to the North Carolina base were identified over the last two years. Over the course of the next week, 6 more men with breast cancer who were aboard Camp Lejeune were discovered.
That is thanks to an article in the St. Petersburg Times last week about the 11 men with the rare disease. Of the six, five had suffered from breast cancer. One of the men received a double mastectomy when doctors discovered precancerous tumors.
Breast cancer survivor Mike Partain was quoted by The AP saying, "This male breast cancer cluster is a smoking gun," "You just can't ignore it. You don't need science to tell you something is wrong. It's common sense. It begs to be studied."
Mike Partain of Tallahassee, Florida, was born at Camp Lejeune. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Mike has been an excellent contact for our reports here at Salem-News.com and worked long and hard hours to help locate the other men with breast cancer that is connected to Camp Lejeune.
Please follow this link to read the June 28th 2009 article about Mike Partain in the St. Petersburg Times by William Levesque: Male breast cancer and Camp Lejeune: Pollution or coincidence? - By William R. Levesque, Times Staff Writer
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