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Camp Lejeune Cancer Rates Affirmed

 A new study has found that Marine and Navy personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are dying at a higher rate than personnel at other bases, theTampa Bay Times reports.

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s study backs up concerns that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune may be tied to cancers and illness in as many as 1 million people.

The study found that personnel stationed at the base from 1975 to 1985 had death rates for all cancers 10 percent higher than at Camp Pendleton in California. It compared deaths of 8,964 people at Camp Lejuene between 1975 and 1985, and compared it with deaths of people at Camp Pendleton during the same time period.

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