A new federal study reveals that military personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 1975–1985 faced at least a 20% higher risk for various cancers compared to those stationed elsewhere. This significant research, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., compared groups exposed to polluted environments to those who were not, highlighting the long-term health impacts of the base’s contaminated drinking water.
The study discovered increased risks for specific types of cancer, including leukemia, lymphoma, and cancers of the lung, breast, throat, esophagus, and thyroid among those who served or worked at Camp Lejeune. Despite the strength of the findings, experts caution that definitive proof linking the water contamination to these cancers is challenging due to the historical nature of the exposure and lack of comprehensive records from that period. However, this research is expected to significantly influence ongoing legal actions related to health issues suffered by those who lived and worked at the base.