Military probing whether cancers linked to nuclear silo work


The U.S. Military is looking into cancer found among multiple crew members at a nuclear missile base. In slides from a briefing obtained by The Associated Press, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Space Force says 9 officers assigned over the years to maelstrom Air Force Base in Montana, all developed a type of blood cancer, non Hodgkin's lymphoma, and one of the officers has died. The base is home to a field of silos for minuteman three intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the miscellaneous worked deep underground in a reinforced bunker. More than 450 former missileers are serving as Space Force officers, including at least four of the 9 identified. The slides say there are indications the disease may be linked to their service, and that the disproportionate number presenting with cancer specifically lymphoma was concerning. In a statement to the AP and air force spokeswoman says senior leaders are aware of the concerns and medical professionals are gathering data to learn more. I'm Jennifer King

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