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Investigation to start into cancer rate among Guantanamo lawyers

By Neasa MacErlean

31 July 2015 at 00:37 BST

The official investigation is being launched following the discovery that nine military and civilian lawyers at the US base at Guantanamo Bay have or had cancer which could have been caused by conditions at the detention centre.

The nine have been found to be suffering from lymphoma or brain, appendix or colon cancer. It is possible that their conditions are, or were, linked to the conditions at their living quarters in the naval base. Announcing that an investigation is being launched, a spokeswoman for the base said that the Navy is 'aware of concerns about possible carcinogens around the Department of Defense Military Commissions site'. 

Three deaths in 13 months

Hundreds of people have worked at the base. The Miami Herald has gone through lists of these personnel and compiled a report on the nine who have or had the condition. One Navy Reserves lawyer filed a complaint this month with the Inspector General's Office. The Miami Herald reported: 'Three of those stricken with cancer, aged 35 to 52, have died in the past 13 months.'  Source: MintPress


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