Cancer’s Prisoners of War

What does 2 decades of war do to veterans’ health?

To find out, McClatchy analyzed Veterans Affairs medical billing data from 2000-2018, as wars triggered by 9/11 raged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The analysis found sharp increases in treatment for prostate and urinary cancer treatments; liver and pancreatic cancer treatments more than doubled among Army and Marine Corps vets.

Shelia Frankenfield and her future husband were deployed to the same base in Iraq and were diagnosed with different cancers, 2 weeks apart. She counted 100+ colleagues also diagnosed with cancer.

But despite the increases, many veterans still struggle to get treatment within the system.

McClatchy

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