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‘We are dropping like flies’: Ex-fighter pilots push for earlier cancer screening


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WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Former Air Force and Navy fighter pilots are calling on the military to begin cancer screenings for aviators as young as 30 because of an increase in deaths from the disease that they suspect may be tied to radiation emitted in the cockpit.

“We are dropping like flies in our 50s from aggressive cancers,” said retired Air Force Col. Eric Nelson, a former F-15E Strike Eagle weapons officer. He cited prostate and esophageal cancers, lymphoma, and glioblastomas that have struck fellow pilots he knew, commanded or flew with. https://www.stripes.com/we-are-dropping-like-flies-ex-fighter-pilots-push-for-earlier-cancer-screening-1.594760

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