A jaw-dropping 77 men and women, but mostly men, were diagnosed with breast cancer and other illnesses after being exposed to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune's water for more than thirty years, between the '50s and '80s.
But their stories aren't being told in vain. Doctors are using the patients, the largest cluster of male breast cancer cases ever, to find a cure, so writes Florence Williams for Mother Jones.
Most suspected cancer clusters are not what they appear to be - or if they are, it's tough to prove. They get dismissed as statistical anomalies or phantoms dreamed up by victims desperate to explain what caused their illnesses.
So in a sense, Lejeune, and the thousands of people (all with detailed records) who've passed through it over the years, can serve as a laboratory.
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