A Review of Cancer in Missileers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana
AIR FORCE INST FOR OPERATIONAL HEALTH BROOKS CITY-BASE TX RISK ANALYSIS DIRECTORATE
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In 2001, based on concerns regarding a link between a suspected increase in cancer and work exposures for missileers at Malmstrom AFB in Montana, a group of Bio-environmental Engineers and Industrial Hygienists in coordination with Preventive and Occupational Medicine specialists from AFIOH formerly AFIERA conducted a site evaluation and sampling for possible chemical and biologic contaminants at their facilities. Results of all testings did not demonstrate any levels above acceptable standards according to state and federal regulations. The survey concluded that Launch Control Centers LCCs provide a safe and healthy working environment. Unfortunately, this information was not widely distributed to those with a need to know specifically workers with the conditions and their families. Since then, a list of some other cancer cases among the same population has been collected. Clearly, this perpetuates the level of concern among those affected. Four years later, based on the number of documented cancer cases and after review of available documents and new information, we believe that there is not sufficient evidence to consider the possibility of a cancer clustering to justify further investigation. We emphasize that he need for education and risk communication is critical, especially when the resulting condition can be fatal as is the case with some types of cancers.
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