01 Oct '12, 3pm

Enlisted US military men and women are at "a significantly greater risk for contracting breast cancer.”

Officials aren’t sure exactly why military women face a greater risk of breast cancer than their civilian counterparts, but it’s no secret that military service brings with it a number of risk factors associated with the deadly disease. Among them: • Radio emissions. A slew of studies have linked breast cancer with men and women working as radio operators, electricians, telephone repair people and other jobs involving exposure to electromagnetic radiation. • Chemicals. Army enlisted women younger than under 35 who worked regularly with at least one volatile organic compound — such as solvents, paints and exhaust — were 48 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who didn’t, according to a 2005 military study. • Aircrew work. Repeated and prolonged exposure to harmful solar radiation may be why female civilian aircrew members have higher rates of breast cance...

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