Friday, October 15, 2010

Dioxin like polychlorinated biphenyls and malignant melanoma








from George Claxton

A new study released last month shows a connection between dioxin like polychlorinated biphenyls and malignant melanoma. The study is titled "Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), UV radiation, and cutaneous malignant melanoma". The study was published in the journal BMC PROCEEDINGS ( 4 SUPP : 04). The study is from the 16th International Charles Heidelberger Symposium on Cancer Research in Colmbra, Portugal, 26-28 September 2010. The authors are Richard P. Gallagher, et al.

Vietnam Veterans have claimed for many years that their skin cancers have been caused by the deadly dioxins and furans in Agent Orange. The US Government and big industry have always peddled the excuse that the real culprit was sunlight in Vietnam. However, the above study has finally accounted for the confounding problem of sunlight.

The study stated that "a strong association was seen between melanoma risk and plasma levels of total PCBs" AND "these associations persisted after adjustment for recreational sun exposure, sun sensitivity and pigmentatior". This study will have to be confirmed by a larger study (non industrial by company lackeys).

READ the abstract of the study: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1753-6561/4/S2/O4

11 comments:

  1. It is infuriating to think that soldiers were unknowingly exposed to these terrible chemicals, and then denied any real medical help. The same corporate giant responsible for Agent Orange also produced PCBs for decades, a chemical that is now known to cause cancer as well. Sadly, PCBs were used in the construction of most buildings before 1979, and the chemicals can still be detected in many of the school buildings across the US. It is terrifying to think that the next generation of school children will be experiencing what soldiers have endured for the past several years.
    Thank you for the post, and keep up the good work!

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  2. My husband died of Melanoma on Nov 10, 2010...He served in Viet Nam...His did not come from a mole..It presented itself as a tumor on his lower scalp....Melanoma is a ugly beast. He served his country. We filed a claim, then he passed away. I was re-filed. He was happy to serve his country, was drafted, and even signed up for 3 years...Why can't they admit the Melanoma...We know it. I miss his so...only 64 years old.

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  3. Hii,
    Very sorry for your loss. I have stage 4 melanoma and am fighting for my life at this time with my 6th occurence of this beast in 8 yrs. Have it in my abdomen and a spot in my buttock. I served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. Did you have any success getting compensation for his melanoma connection to agent orange. All I get is "its not been proven there's any connection".
    Rick
    "Th LT"

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    1. NO, THEY DENIED THE CLAIM...AND HIS DEATH DATE WAS ENTERED WRONG, IT WAS 11-30-2010,,STILL SO UPSET WHEN I TYPED IT, I MADE THE ERROR...I HAD AN AUTO ACCIDENT ON 11-2-2010, CAR WAS TOTALED...HE WAS IN AND OUT OF VA HOSPITAL...HE WAS SO SICK....BUT THEY DENIED THE CLAIM...I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND...AND YET THEY SAY PROSTATE CANCER....EVERY MAN AN MY CHURCH HAS THAT AND THEY DID NOT GO TO VIET NAM! I AM ANGRY, i GUESS, i SAY CANCER, IS CANCER...THEY ARE DISCRIMINATING...IT SHOULD BE ALL INCLUSIVE OF ANY CANCER. I THINK THE VA IS WRONG. JUST MY OPINION. A SAD WIDOW.

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    2. My husband is dealing with the above stage 4 also. Still awaiting treatment.

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  4. My husband died in 2005 of rectal melanoma. It is rare form of melanoma and has nothing to do with sun exposure. He was too ill to file the claim but I promised I would. A week after his funeral, I presented all of his medical records to our local veterans center. I knew at the time that melanoma was not on the list but filed anyway. I found out through another veteran's wife that the application i filed was thrown away by the local agent who felt he didn't have to forward it on to the state of federal offices of veterans affairs. He, apparently, did this to others, as well. I just refiled last year with another veterans office and was denied for no proven connection. I would like to think that they will have to add melanoma to the list of agent orange illnesses. Good luck to both of you. Be blessed.

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  5. Hi, sorry for your losses. I too have had melanoma,in my left eye, thankfully it has not returned in 30 years. I have a fellow viet vet friend who has had three bouts of it now. We all need to get the word out, get involved with Vietnam Veterans of America, and have our voices heard. GLTA

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  6. My Bietnam veteran husband has invasive skin cancer. The government still is denying any relationship between melanoma and agent orange. All the demratologists will say is it is sun exposure. My husband said he was not allowed as a child to go shirtless. I have not seen him run around shirtless in the twenty years we have been together. As for the VA, keep appealing when they deny you....do not take no for an answer. I want the truth, so far all they have done is apologize for him being ill and referred us to a social worker.

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  7. I recently lost my husband to malignant melanoma, he served in Vietnam and was exposed to agent orange, it originated in the nail bed of his right big toe which was exposed to agent orange by walking around in wet boots for a year in rice patties sprayed with agent orange, and the nerve of the VA to have a ten year rule for veterans with a disease that will take there lives, my husband battled his cancer for eight and one half years before it took him, in my mind they are telling me he needed to suffer longer before they will compensate the spouses. Keep fighting for the truth.

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  8. Frustrated Survivor of VetJune 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    My father was a Vietnam Vet. He served from 67-69. He died in 2005 of Mesta tic Melanoma of unknown origin. My mother and I have been fighting the VA ever since. I would have thought after all the research and reading about all the other veterans that have melanoma it would be on the list by now. This is getting ridiculous that they cannot see the connection here. All I can say to everyone is keep on fighting, one day they have to realize that this is real.

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  9. My husband lost his battle with malignant melanoma 1yr. ago Dec.14th, I have been denied three times in this very painful year, our government seems to like to pour salt in our wounds, after all they are the ones that covered up the fact they exposed our troops to it all in the name of greed, there is power in numbers so we need to keep on fighting for our guys especially now that some of them can't do it for themselves. God Bless you all.

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