Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Agent Orange Linked to Kidney Cancer

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/05/15/agent-orange-linked-kidney-cancer/
Vietnam veterans exposed to ‘extremely toxic’ herbicide may be at risk

SATURDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) — There appears to be a link between Agent Orange and kidney cancer in U.S. veterans exposed to the herbicide in Vietnam, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, La. examined the records of 297 patients diagnosed with kidney cancer between 1987 and 2009. Thirteen of the patients, aged 39 to 63 when they were diagnosed, said they had been exposed to Agent Orange.

Documented exposure to the herbicide and pathology reports were available for 10 of the patients. The researchers reviewed these patients’ age at diagnosis, tumor size, side of lesion, pathology and survival.

Nine of the 10 patients had clear-cell cancers, which typically have worse outcomes than papillary tumors, which appeared in one patient. One patient had both clear-cell and papillary cancers.

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2 comments:

  1. I was in quangtri 1968,2005 had kidney removed,the funny thing is the nurses at the vaq have told me,i quote"they know agent orange causes kidney cancer,what does that tell you.

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