I am curious about potential exposures at a Maryland Army base in the 1950s, Is this too long ago to look into? Is it pointless? My father wound up with prostate cancer, but many decades later. He ultimately died of a brain tumor at age 80.
He was in the Army Chemical Corps of Engineers, I think that’s what you call it? Something with chemicals because he majored in chemistry and was a high school chemistry teacher. He was not a combat vet so we never got any military benefits. He also slept next to one of those cordless home phones that I read emit a lot of radiation, maybe more than cell phones so it’s really hard to say what caused his cancer.
I just don’t get how did Jimmy Carter manage to get over a brain tumor at an older age than my father? I think partly was that my father’s doctors didn’t look enough into why he was weak and falling asleep. I think by the time he was diagnosed there was no chance to save him. I should have looked into going after malpractice with the doctor, but now I don’t even know who that was and it was about 9 years ago.
I also think I was exposed to asbestos by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, but do I go after a non-profit that was trying to do good?? I feel more likely to die of ALS and FTD because a gene mutation runs in my family. If I find out I have the bad gene, I probably can’t worry about cancer.
Even my own town let us know that for several years we had high PFAS levels in our water. What can I do? I just don’t know how to fight these things. I just try to be as healthy as I can now.
- Author resides in Maryland
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