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Missile Community Cancer Study

The U.S. Air Force takes its responsibility to protect Airmen and Guardians seriously.

General Thomas A. Bussiere, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, approved a comprehensive study design by the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in March 2023 to conduct a formal assessment that addresses specific cancer concerns raised by missile community members across related career fields and also examines the possibility of clusters of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at intercontinental ballistic missile bases.

The "Missile Community Cancer Study" is looking at environmental factors at all three ICBM Wings, as well as ICBM facilities at Vandenberg Space Force Base. In addition, this study is comparing 14 common cancers in the general population to missile-related career fields using large government health databases.

This website provides materials to help educate and inform about potential symptoms, as well as the appropriate time to engage with medical providers. Links to previous studies and Frequently Asked Questions are also provided. Finally, study results are posted here as they are cleared for public release.

Protection of force and family continues to be a priority for Air Force Global Strike Command, in partnership with the Air Force Medical Service, and we will continue to provide updates to this website as pertinent information is identified.

If you have questions or want to share information with us, please contact the Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs Office.

Updated May 20, 2024

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