NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who were exposed to Agent Orange
chemicals used during the Vietnam War are at higher risk for
life-threatening prostate cancer than unexposed veterans, researchers
What's more, those who served where the
herbicide was used were diagnosed with cancer about five years earlier
than other men, on average, in the new study.
"This is a very, very strong
predictor of lethal cancer," said urologist Dr. Mark Garzotto, who
worked on the study at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
"If you're a person who's otherwise healthy
and you've been exposed to Agent Orange, that has important
implications for whether you should be screened or not screened," he
told Reuters Health.
But one researcher not
involved in the new study said it's hard to take much away from it,
given the imprecise way it measured exposure.
Orange - named after the giant orange drums in which the chemicals were
stored - was used by the U.S. military to destroy foliage, mainly in
southern Vietnam. The herbicide was often contaminated with a type of
dioxin, a potently carcinogenic chemical.
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