The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has created a community assistance panel (CAP) for the Camp Lejeune site. The purpose of the CAP is to voice the concerns of the affected community of marines and their families and to provide input for health studies. Members of the CAP will provide individual input as well as represent the views of the community and groups to which they belong. ATSDR will seriously consider all CAP members’ points of view. No votes will be taken during CAP meetings. The CAP consists of community members, one representative from the Department of Defense (DoD), independent scientific experts, and ATSDR staff.


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  1. My husband was stationed in Bldg2, and I taught at TTI school for 22 years. Neither of us had any history of cancer in our families. Shortly after we retired to Michigan, I was diagnosed with beat cancer. It was atypical and didn’t show up on mammograms until it was stage III. Slightly less than a year after my chemo and radiation finished, my husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Thank goodness we kept our insurances from teaching, and had reached Medicare age before treatment. With those and Tricare For Life, our medical expenses were covered. Our hearts ache for those who were not as fortunate as we.

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