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S.4043 - Military Aviators Cancer Incidence Study Act

The HunterSeven Medical Team is asking you all to reach out to your Senators and ask them to support and/or co-sponsor Senate Bill 4043 (S.4043) regarding Military Aviators Cancer Incidence Study Act!

Below is the HunterSevens Letter of Support for S.4043 to include evidence-based research and data to support the claim and proposal. If you'd like to copy+paste and email to your Senator feel free to and cc (info@HunterSeven.org) us if you choose or call your Senators office and ask for their support! #ToxicExposures #BurnPits #HunterSeven

You can read a copy of the bill and see which Senators already co-sponsor the proposed legislation - READ S.4043 HERE



"During their deployment(s) to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Uzbekistan amongst other countries in the Middle East in support of various operations, many veterans were exposed to a wide array of toxic substances and psychological stressors, one notably being during flight-time, on the flight-line and in aviation-based military occupational specialties[1]. While military personnel do not deploy whilst unhealthy, but often they return with a multitude of both acute and chronic symptoms, some of which only begin to manifest years after their deployments.


CLINICAL DATA:

As recently as 11 May 2020, research has begun to unfold and highlight the manifesting issues that long-term exposures in aviation-related occupations despite often going unnoticed. Increasing rates of cancers in aviators is ever rising with an unknown etiology or cause. Moreover, recent studies reported elevated concentrations of ultrafine particles (UFP) near military airports and instillations' both CONUS and OCONUS, little is known and understood of the effects of UFP on ones lungs aside the risk of deposits in deep lung tissue and (subsequently via blood stream) other primary organ systems[2], therefore increasing the timely need for such research in aviation-based exposures. Research shows that when healthy, non-smoking participants are placed within 300m for 2-to-10 hours from an active aviation location, they experience post-exposure symptoms including a decreased FVC (respiratory forced expiatory volume) and increasing changes and prolongation in QTc intervals on an electrocardiogram, demonstrating increasing work of breathing causing secondary strain on the heart[3].


Secondly, in response to cancers being observed at an increasing rate, evidence shows that respiratory-related complaints, specifically spontaneous pneumothorax as a complication of chronic jet propulsion fuel-8 exposures does contain the carcinogenic neurotoxin benzene. Due to JP-8’s versatile nature and common use it has become a common occupational exposure for military aviators[4].


Senator Dianne Feinstein and supporting staff, we ask you as both combat veterans and licensed healthcare providers to help us in helping our fellow military aviators by advocating for their care after completing their service to their country and allowing for further research into the subject by ways and means of a database and subsequent research outlined in S.4043. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, comments, or concerns."

[1] Poisson, C., Boucher, S., Selby, D., Ross, S., Jindal. C., Efird, J. & Bith-Melander, P. (2020) A Pilot Study of Airborne Hazards and Other Toxic Exposures in Iraq War Veterans. Intl. J of En Research and Public Health, Vol. 17, 3299, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17093299. [2] Lammers, A., Janssen, N., Boere, A., Berger, M., Longo, C., Vijverberg, S. et al. (2020). Effects of short-term exposures to ultrafine particles near an airport in healthy subjects. Environmental International, 141:105779. [3] Ibid. [4] Poon, J., Al-Halawani, M. & Dubey, G. (2018). Spontaneous Pneumothorax as a complication of chronic Jet propulsion fuel-8 exposures. Heart & Lung: J of Crit Care. Vol 48(2): 169-171.

 

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