According to studies presented by the Centers For Disease Control, U.S. service members in North Carolina faced a high cancer risk if stationed at Camp LeJeune Marine base.
At a public meeting in Greensboro, the C.D.C. revealed Camp LeJeune personnel were more likely to die from a dozen different cancers than people who lived elsewhere.
Those studies linked the water quality at Camp LeJeune to premature births and birth defects. They go on to say the water there was contaminated with at least two carcinogens as early as the 1950’s. The contaminants are believed to have seeped into the water from many sources, including a dry cleaning business. The agency says most of the contaminated wells were shut down in the mid 1980’s.