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Update on Cancer Study conducted at ICBM bases 27 Feb to 7 Mar -- Article dated 3 May 2023

  • 07 May 2023 00:58
    Message # 13193866

    "AFGSC Commander directs action based on initial research findings" 

    [Note:  This same Article is Posted on the Cancer Update Page]

    • Action:  Efforts underway to eliminate burning classified inside the LCC.
    • Cleaning Effort:  Deep cleaning program initiated at LCCs.
    • Sampling Plan:  Establish at all locations across job specialties - search for hazards.
    • Widening Search:  Looking at agricultural chemicals present at all locations from adjacent farm fields.

    Quoting:’s results thus far, stating that at this time, no immediate factors were discovered that would be considered immediate concerns for acute cancer risks. It was also noted no specific factors had been found at Malmstrom AFB to indicate an elevated risk level, environmental or otherwise, present at that installation.

    “This does not mean that continued study will not occur,” Woodard said. “We at USAFSAM are absolutely dedicated to transparently and fully investigating the cancer concern brought forward. We will continue to study and investigate.”


    It was further established that communication and coordination between medical personnel and missile community members needed to be improved. The commander directed his staff to explore the development of medical professionals specifically assigned to ICBM units, much like flight surgeons assigned to flying units, so as to have a better understanding of the environment and missions. This would include training and improved access to sensitive areas for those medical personnel, to assist with routine visits and acute events.


    Mayo Clinic:
    Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma


    Some factors that may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma include:

    • Medications that suppress your immune system. If you've had an organ transplant and take medicines that control your immune system, you might have an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    • Infection with certain viruses and bacteria. Certain viral and bacterial infections appear to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Viruses linked to this type of cancer include HIV and Epstein-Barr infection. Bacteria linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma include the ulcer-causing Helicobacter pylori.
    • Chemicals. Certain chemicals, such as those used to kill insects and weeds, may increase your risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. More research is needed to understand the possible link between pesticides and the development of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
    • Older age. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can occur at any age, but the risk increases with age. It's most common in people 60 or over.


    Signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may include:

    • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
    • Abdominal pain or swelling
    • Chest pain, coughing or trouble breathing
    • Persistent fatigue
    • Fever
    • Night sweats
    • Unexplained weight loss

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