Depleted Uranium Causes Cancer

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Depleted Uranium Causes Cancer

by Engineer on Sat May 20, 2006 12:00 AM

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I will provide my qualifications before entering into this discussion, MSME, product design engineer for a military ordnance contractor manufacturing cluster bombs and depleted uranium bullets for the military. The House of Representatives has passed the military appropriations bill with a rider to include further testing and evaluation concerning health and safety issues regarding the military use of depleted uranium, enriched U238 as a military weapon. This was from very lengthy discussions with DOD personnel and our local congressman. The Department of Defense states the maximum lifetime exposure to DU or depleted uranium is 475 hours over a lifetime of 30 years before it would be of concern. This is predicated upon a maximum of 15 minutes per 8 hour day in low radiation environmental conditions. I am one of four people that are personally known to me that sustained cancer in direct relationship to the models used to display and serve as a point of conversation with the military customer. The four of us had DU models in our offices for this purpose. Our exposures were in excess of 6,000 hours. I am the only remaining survivor but am dying and that brings forward this discussion. It is known to me that if the models were placed high as on the top of a credenza or bookcase, two engineers contracted brain cancer and are now deceased, two years post surgery. My display was located in the center shelf of the bookcase and contracted renal cell carcinoma corrected with a radical nephrectomy in 2005. If the models were on the bottom shelf of the bookcase then there is a reported case of pelvic cancer and three surgeries were not able to save the life of the facilities manager. The United Nations says it is ok to use depleted uranium enriched 235 or 238 as it is not considered a health risk. Bull! If this is the criteria then why did pilots returning from Desert Storm have a very high incidence rate of colon-rectal cancer and child birth defects? Why did a number of troops (company level) all contract an upper respiratory cancer after the A-10 aircraft destroyed enemy armor. DU penetrator bullets upon impact with armor plate or RHA become an aerosol that was enhaled by our troops. A-10 pilots sit above the gatling gun and ammunition feed belts containing depleted uranium. The point being made is depleted uranium occurs naturally in our environment in such things as fertilizer etc. However, depleted enriched uranium by DOD admission does cause cancer in the dose level above 475 hours per the DOD health and safety inspector general's offices. For these reasons wish to see that the US government ceases the use of depleted uranium and safely disposes of such materials preventing further injury and cancer in our ordnance industry and also more importantly to our troops. After exposure it takes 15 years for the cancer to develop as my medical records defined to the government. The same situation applied to the other three engineers to which I stated have deceased two years post surgery. My current health status is the RCC was contained however other organs now are in decline and if I follow the path of other engineers also diagnosed with cancer, have less than a year remaining. Liver and remaining kidney are under suspicion due to recent enhanced CT scans, blood panels elevated. Please share this with those you know that are in the military to seek treatment and observation over their remaining lives. If this message saves a life, then this disclosure was worth the effort. Please write your senators to pass the House Bill concerning Military Appropriations.

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by Cpurd on Sat May 20, 2006 12:00 AM

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My heart broke for you as I read your post. My mother has RCC, stage 4. They found it a year ago. She seems to be doing ok on the treatment, but we don't have another CT until the end of May. I am so sorry that your condition is declining. Are you on any kind of treatment? There are great medicines out there, they only gave us a year for my mother in the beginning and she has blown the doctors away. She is currently sailing in FL! I pray that you find that the same will apply with your situation! Please keep me updated! My prayers are with you!

Depleted Uranium Causes Cancer

by Engineer on Wed May 24, 2006 12:00 AM

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The depleted uranium e235 and e238 are both enriched 40% radioactive materials as used in the military to destroy enemy armor. DU is heavier than lead for example and makes a mud patch to allow the titanium penetrator to pierce the 8 inches of enemy armor plate steel. The half life of uranium is 2200 years, enriched can be toxic to the body for 240,000 years. I wish to thank those who read my initial post concerning the health and safety issues concerning depleted uranium and its military use. Currently my therapy is hydrocodone 4.0 mg for back pain and a battery of tests with an encologist every 3 months as the liver values remain elevated post surgery in 2/2005 with a radical nephrectomy. The remaining kidney has a 3.0 cm liesion or scar which is symptomatic for cancer in the early stages of development. Therefore my post cancer experience thus far is a carbon copy of three other military contractor employees with whom I worked and are now deceased. My purpose in posting is to share my experience in the hopes that it will save lives by discontinuance of depleted uranium by our government and the United Nations. I wish to thank the very kind lady who responded to my initial post as she is a very kind and gentle soul and her words were taken to heart.

RE: Depleted Uranium Causes Cancer

by Hokieg33 on Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:00 AM

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I served as a Fire  Controlman (FC) onboard the USS Pensacola LSD 38 from 1992 to 1996.   In 1995 our ship while returning from the Mediterranean was given orders to shoot all our Depleted Uranium rounds into the Sea.  Given the cost of the DU this always shocked and concerned me.  We shot/destroyed all 6,000 rounds of munitions onboard. The Navy was already in the process of proactively changing to Tungsten rounds and the reason I was given informally for the wholesale destruction was because of the controversy caused by “Gulf War Disease”. 

 

The post from the munitions designer struck me as being especially poignant for many reason. The exposure level discussed above is troublesome because not only was our workshop directly under our weapon system (CIWS MK 15), but adjacent to the magazine and separated by a non-armored wall.   In August 29th 2008, I had a seizure that presented in my sleep.  I was transported to the hospital where I went into respiratory failure.  I was put into a medically induced coma.  I woke up three days later and was given a diagnoses  of a brain tumor (Oligodenrogiloma). I had surgery at the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville, FLA on September 4th .  My tumor was biopsied and confirmed as Oligodendrogiloma, because of its location the majority of it was not able to be removed.

 

Cancer does not run in my family.  Until that August night I was in perfect health, actively playing Softball and Golf and had just turned 41. I know when someone is diagnosed with Cancer the first question is always why and the how, but I am now asking myself could the DU be the reason behind my condition.

 

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