American Contractors in Iraq
Cancer Registry
Were you exposed to Depleted Uranium, Hexavalent Chromium,
Sodium dicromate,  TCE trichloroethylene, burn pits in Iraq?

If you have cancer it could have been caused by one of these
You can help us help you by reporting these cases

Marcie Hascall Clark
Odd and Ends of Information

Both prostate adenocarcinoma and cervical cancer
have been linked to exposure to trichloroethylene
(TCE) — an industrial solvent and ubiquitous
pollutant at military air bases.

Diets rich in fresh vegetables
may reduce nasophryngeal carcinoma (NPC)
risk, but eating preserved vegetables
appears to do just the opposite, say
researchers at Johns Hopkins University in
Baltimore (International Journal of Cancer

The team conducted a meta-analysis of data
from 16 studies published between 1966 and
2004. When data was compared for groups
with the highest and lowest recorded dietary
levels of preserved vegetables, high intake
was associated with more than a doubling of
NPC risk.

But the chemical turned out to be sodium dichromate, a substance so
dangerous that even limited exposure greatly increases the risk of
cancer. Soon, many of the 22 Americans and 100-plus
VA withholds data for up to
70,000 veteran cases a year
from US cancer registries
September 4, 2007—The US Veterans
(VA) has withheld data from state
cancer registries
across the US, experts say, causing up
to 70,000
newly diagnosed cancer cases to go
uncounted each

Army Shells pose cancer risk in

Environmental and
Occupational Exposures
Depleted Uranium and other
Iraq Contractor fights suit over toxic
WASHINGTON - When the American team
arrived in Iraq in the summer of 2003 to repair
the Qarmat Ali water injection plant,
supervisors told them the orange, sand-like
substance strewn around the looted facility
was just a "mild irritant," workers recall.

Radioactive Wounds of War
Gerard Matthew thought he was lucky. He
returned from his Iraq tour a year and a half
ago alive and in one piece. But after the New
York State National Guardsman got home, he
learned that a bunkmate, Sgt. Ray Ramos,
and a group of N.Y. Guard members from
another unit had accepted an offer by the New
York Daily News and reporter Juan Gonzalez
to be tested for depleted uranium (DU)
contamination, and had tested positive.  
Matthew, 31, decided that since he’d spent
much of his time in Iraq lugging around DU-
damaged equipment, he’d better get tested
too. It turned out he was the most
contaminated of them all.  Matthew
immediately urged his wife to get an
ultrasound check of their unborn baby. They
discovered the fetus had a condition common
to those with radioactive exposure: atypical
syndactyly. The right hand had only two digits.

"Depleted Unranium blamed for Cancer
Cluster among Iraq War Vets
A discovery by American Free Press that
nearly half of the recently returned soldiers in
one unit from Iraq have "malignant growths" is
"critical evidence," according to experts, that
depleted uranium weapons are responsible for
the huge number of disabled Gulf War vets -
and damage to their DNA.

A growing number of U.S. military personnel
who are serving, or have served, in the
Persian Gulf, Iraq , and Afghanistan have
become sick and disabled from a variety of
symptoms commonly known as Gulf War
Syndrome. Depleted uranium (DU) weapons
have been blamed for causing many of the

"Gulf War vets are coming down with these
symptoms at twice the rate of vets from
previous conflicts," said Barbara A. Goodno
from the Dept. of Defense's Deployment
Health Support Directorate.

A recent discovery by American Free Press
that nearly half the soldiers in one returned
unit have malignant growths has provided the
scientific community with "critical evidence,"
experts say, to help understand exactly how
depleted uranium affects humans - and their

Soaring birth deformities and child cancer
rates in Iraq
By James Cogan
10 May 2005
Iraqi doctors are making renewed efforts to
bring to the world’s attention the growth in
birth deformities and cancer rates among the
country’s children. The medical crisis is being
directly blamed on the widespread use of
depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the US
and British forces in southern Iraq during the
1991 Gulf War, and the even greater use of
DU during the 2003 invasion.

Cancer in Iraq vets raises possibility of toxic
By Carla McClain
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.26.2007
After serving in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago
— and receiving the Bronze Star for it — the
Tucson soldier was called back to active duty
in Iraq.  While there, he awoke one morning
with a sore throat. Eighteen months later,
Army Sgt. James Lauderdale was dead, of a
bizarrely aggressive cancer rarely seen by the
doctors who tried to treat it.

As a result, his stunned and heartbroken
family has joined growing ranks of sickened
and dying Iraq war vets and their families who
believe exposures to toxic poisons in the war
zone are behind their illnesses — mostly
cancers, striking the young, taking them down
with alarming speed.  The number of these
cancers remains undisclosed, with military
officials citing patient privacy issues, as well as
lack of evidence the cases are linked to
conditions in the war zone. The U.S. Congress
has ordered a probe of suspect toxins and
may soon begin widespread testing of our
armed forces.
Oregon's Own Toxicologist Points Out Toxicity of Hexavalent
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Several media outlets have been reporting on
exposure of Oregon Guard soldiers in Iraq to highly toxic hexavalent
chromium that was prominent at a water treatment plant where the
soldiers were stationed in 2003.

The plant is located near Iraqi oil fields that were previously exposed
to this industrial compound that if inhaled, greatly increases the risk
lung cancer.
The Death of Marine Carmelo Rodriguez could
change law

Marine Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez of Ellenville died in 2007 at the
age of 29 from a melanoma on his buttocks that was
misdiagnosed by military doctors while he served in Iraq.