PCBs and Melanoma   3 comments

US ArmyFor many citizens, joining the army is an act that is accompanied by a great deal of deliberation. If someone decides to enlist, he or she will likely travel over seas, far away from their homeland. Sometimes, they are exposed to dangerous chemicals while on the job. All too often, these servicemen are diagnosed with cancer upon returning home. In the past, when these brave men and women have tried to claim financial assistance from the government, reminding them of the toxins they were exposed to, the government simply responded that the chemicals were not to blame. Instead, the natural sunlight must have caused the malignancies.

Sadly, this story was a reality for many soldiers during the Vietnam War. According to fellow blogger George Claxton,

Vietnam Veterans have claimed for many years that their skin cancers have been caused by the deadly dioxins and furans in Agent Orange. The US Government and big industry have always peddled the excuse that the real culprit was sunlight in Vietnam.

A recent study, however, is helping to dispel such ridiculous claims. A recent study presented at the International Charles Heidelberger Symposium on Cancer Research shows that a strong link exists between melanoma risk and blood levels of PCBs, even after controlling for “recreational sun exposure, sun sensitivity and pigmentation factors” (BioMedCentral).

This study is part of a growing body of evidence that PCBs are carcinogenic, and need to be removed from the environment. Hopefully, this study will also help soldiers obtain the medical assistance they deserve.


Posted October 27, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

3 responses to “PCBs and Melanoma

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  1. We should be taking care of the men and women who risk their lives in the military, not leaving them to fend for themselves with these diseases. Very sad.

  2. This is absolutely insane. I don’t know about you, but the last time I checked, deadly toxins were much more carcinogenic than sunlight. Hopefully this research will help victims get their due justice.

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