Monday, November 23, 2009

Study Confirms Higher Rates of Brain Cancer Among Some Gulf War Veterans

Written by Anthony Hardie, 91outcomes

( - A study published in September has again shown that the rates of brain cancer deaths is significantly elevated among some Gulf War veterans.

The VA study, led by Shannon Barth and Han Kang, showed that veterans in the Khamisiyah cohort exposed following the demolition to low levels of sarin and cyclosarin nerve agents, and possibly mustard gas, were among those with an increased risk of brain cancer.

Gulf War veterans exposed to smoke from burning Kuwaiti oil wells were also at the elevated risk level.

The study, “Neurological mortality among U.S. veterans of the Persian Gulf War: 13-year follow-up,” was published in the September 2009 edition of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

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