Deployment to the Gulf War and Subsequent Development of Cancer

In 2002, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services began a study to determine if cancer patterns among veterans of the 1991 Gulf War veterans differ from the patterns found among Gulf War era veterans not deployed to the Persian Gulf. CDC and the Association of Schools of Public Health funded the study. Initial work by the study investigators using data from the District of Columbia and the New Jersey Cancer Registries found a statistically significant excess of testicular cancer in Gulf War deployed veterans compared to non-Gulf War veterans. The current study is focusing on extending the analysis to include cancer data from additional states. These states include Texas, California, Florida, New York, Maryland, and Illinois. This study is expected to continue through July 2005.


Levine PH, Young HA, Simmens SJ, Rentz D, Kofie VE, Mahan CM, Kang HK. Is testicular cancer related to Gulf War deployment? Evidence from a population-based study of Gulf War era veterans and cancer registries. Military Medicine 2005;170:149–53.

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