I was in the Air Force from 1992 to 1996. I was sent to a Mobile Air Control Squadron Unit after basic training and my schooling. I was around a spinning radar and other powerful communication equipment for most of my four year term. I got out of the military in October of 1996. 2 1/2 years later I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. It is a slow growing cancer. So most likely it appeared while I was still in the Air Force but I didn't find it until I had a pea sized nodule on my thyroid. From what I have been told it is not very common in men and there is no history of it in my family. I was wondering if any one knows of any connection from working around that type of equipment that I did and this type of cancer forming. I read in the handbook about veterans who participated in "radiation risk activities". I'm not sure if what I did would be considered radiation risk. I plan on filling a claim and see where it goes. I'm sure I could get a doctors letter in my favor. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks..