A cancer support group in Pennsylvania is seeking out local veterans in the hope of being able to provide both the veterans and their families with information, education, and support about possible exposure to carcinogenic substances during their military careers.
The Veterans and Cancer Project is seeking out veterans because they are between twenty five percent and seventy five percent more likely to develop certain types of cancer compared to other members of the population, and over thirty percent of people in America that have the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma, are army or navy veterans.
It is thought that those that were serving in the military between 1940 and 1970 are at the highest risk of developing malignant mesothelioma, and already the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed various programs and schemes to help veterans get the support and care that they need if they have developed cancer.
The support group hopes that it will be able to help any veterans that come forward by providing support and advice about their rights if they developed cancer as a result of their military careers, and hopes to provide information and raise awareness about the cancer and its causes.

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