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Toxic shock: Ore. cops say cancer’s linked to meth labs

A handful of veteran Portland, Ore., police officers suffering from cancer that they believe resulted from exposure to toxic chemicals during raids on clandestine methamphetamine labs have had disability claims approved by the city.

Three of the officers, who have not publicly identified themselves because they fear publicity about their medical conditions might harm their careers, suffer from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the body’s lymphatic system. Another was stricken with emphysema, a respiratory illness usually associated with cigarette smoking, while yet another has myeloma, a form of cancer that attacks bone marrow.

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Jan 15, 1997. 
© 1997, LEN Inc.  [ Subscribe.]