In this post, Dan Shockley discusses how his experience in the United States Navy helped shape his mindset and prepared him to keep a positive outlook throughout the diagnosis and treatment of his hereditary colon cancer condition.
Some studies have shown that military service during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War increases veterans’ risk for brain and lung cancers. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not presume these cancers were caused by military service.
Veterans of the Vietnam War may have been exposed to cancer-causing chemicals like Agent Orange during their military service. The Department of Veterans Affairs presumes that certain cancers and other diseases are a result of exposure to this herbicide.
Some veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces may have been exposed to ionizing radiation during their time of service. High, uncontrolled exposure to this radiation can cause short-term and long-term health problems, including some types of cancer.