Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Military Aviators Cancer Incident Study Act, which would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to determine whether the military aviators community has a higher incidence of cancers compared to the general population, and if so, to determine potential carcinogens and other variables that may be associated with higher rates of cancer.
The bill would direct resources to look across active duty and veteran aviators in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to assess the health effects.
“There are so many brave active military aviators and veterans in Nevada and across this country who risk their lives to ensure the safety of all Americans. Just as they protect our freedom, Congress needs to do everything we can to support and safeguard their health during and after their time of service. This legislation would provide funding to study the phenomenon of cancer diagnoses in the military aviation community so that Congress can better understand any risks to our military aviators. I will continue to work in the Senate to protect Nevada’s active duty service members and veterans alike.”