Mike Partain is a community representative for Camp Lejeune at the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the government agency tasked to study the adverse health effects at National Priority Listed sites such as Camp Lejeune.
Mr. Partain, the son of a Marine Officer, was born aboard Camp Lejeune during the contaminated drinking water period. During his mother’s pregnancy, Mike was exposed to high levels of these chemicals while in the womb. At the age of 39, he was diagnosed with male breast cancer, which is rare in men, especially young men. There is no history of the disease in his family. Mike is one of 70 men who share the unique commonality of male breast cancer and exposure to the contaminated tap water on Camp Lejuene.