Monday, March 11, 2019

Birth defect numbers in children of Vietnam veterans alarm experts

Rates of cancer, learning disabilities and physical birth defects in the children of Vietnam veterans are staggering when compared to those in children of non-veterans.
Birth Defect Research for Children's latest research shows mounting evidence that these children, now in their 30S, 40s and 50s exhibit health problems across the board.
"It's so compelling to look at the data, I mean every time I look at it, I go wow!" said Betty Mekdeci, Executive Director of Birth Defect Research for Children.
More than 2.5 million Americans served in South Vietnam during the war. Each one was presumably exposed to a harmful herbicide called Agent Orange, which is known to cause cancers, leukemia, heart disease and more.
Ms. Mekdeci is alarmed by what she sees in children of Vietnam Veterans.
"The proof is mounting every day. Because you don't like it, that doesn't make it go away," she said.

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