TV News LIES

Wednesday, Oct 01st

Last update06:10:04 AM GMT

You are here News Military The Camp Lejeune Marines' Breast Cancer Epidemic

The Camp Lejeune Marines' Breast Cancer Epidemic

E-mail Print PDF

Camp Lejeune marinesIt all started with Mike Partain, a.k.a. Number One. A barrel-chested father of four with a goatee and a predilection for aviator sunglasses, Partain was born at Camp Lejeune, the North Carolina base where his father, a first lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, was stationed in the late 1960s. Now he lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he makes his living as an insurance claims adjuster.

Five years ago Partain's wife noticed a grape-size bump next to his right nipple. "I thought it was from an ingrown hair or something. I blew it off," he recalls. But a couple of weeks later he decided to get it checked out.

When his doctor ordered a mammogram, he remembers, "a chill went down my spine." Then came a sonogram: Partain watched in amazement as an image emerged on the screen looking like one of the globular star clusters he knew as an astronomy hobbyist. "I never even knew men could get breast cancer!" he says.

Indeed, it's rare. For every 100 women with the disease, just 1 man is diagnosed—and typically around age 70. Partain was only 39. He would undergo a full mastectomy and eight rounds of chemo, leading to gonadal failure—an inability to produce testosterone. "I kept thinking, 'What did I do to win this lottery?'" Partain told me. "I never drank or smoked. I liked backpacking and Boy Scouts. There is no history of breast cancer in my family."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Army opens Ranger School to women, a historic leap toward equality

Army Rangers accept womenFor the first time, women are being invited to apply for training with the Rangers, the...

Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

GitmoThe transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow...

9,800 U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan

US troops in AfghanistanAlmost 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after this year as part of a long-delayed...

US army drill sergeant found guilty of sexually assaulting eight soldiers

S/Sgt. Angel SanchezA Missouri drill sergeant is guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing eight female soldiers, a military...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!