Skip to comments.New Study Strengthens Association Of Prostate Cancer With Exposure To Agent Orange
Posted on 05/16/2008 8:49:39 AM PDT by blam
New Study Strengthens Association Of Prostate Cancer With Exposure To Agent Orange
ScienceDaily (May 16, 2008) As men age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases. Aging Vietnam veterans are giving researchers new opportunities to solidify the connection between in-country exposure to Agent Orange and subsequent prostate cancer development. In a study presented during the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) in Orlando, researchers presented data from a large study of veterans enrolled in the Northern California VA System, examining prostate cancer incidence and disease characteristics in those exposed to Agent Orange compared to those who were not exposed.
More than 13,000 Vietnam Veterans were divided into two groups based on their exposure to Agent Orange. Twice as many men exposed to Agent Orange were identified with prostate cancer. Agent Orange-exposed men were also diagnosed younger and were more likely to present with aggressive or metastatic disease. Other prostate cancer risk factors race, body-mass index (BMI) and smoking were not statistically different between the two groups.
This increased evidence suggests that exposure to Agent Orange should be considered a risk factor for developing prostate cancer, similar to African-American heritage or a family history of the disease.
About Agent Orange
Agent Orange is a combination of two synthetic compounds known to be contaminated with the dioxin tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin (TCDD) during the manufacturing process. Named for the color of the barrel in which it was stored, Agent Orange was one of many broad-leaf defoliants used in Vietnam to destroy enemy ground cover. It is estimated that more than 20 million gallons of the chemicals, also known as rainbow herbicides, were used between 1962 and 1971; approximately half of the herbicides were Agent Orange. In 1997, the International Agency for Research on Cancer re-classified TCDD as a Group 1 carcinogen, a classification that includes arsenic, asbestos and gamma radiation.
Chamie K, deVere White RW, Ellison LM: Agent Orange exposure, Vietnam War veterans and the risk of prostate cancer. J Urol, suppl., 2008; 179: 149, abstract 421. [link]
Adapted from materials provided by American Urological Association.
Hope this doesn’t get passed on to nexgen males.
We sprayed some of that nasty stuff from our helicopters in the Mekong Delta area in 1969-1970 while I was there. Almost the entire Nam Can Forest area was defoliated by it.
I’d say it was the kimchee.
Not good to hear.
I helped sprayed this stuff on our pastures in the 70’s as a young teenager.
Agent Orange was used in many other places than Vietnam, it was a great broadleaf weed killer.
I’m guessing I was exposed to at least as much the guys overseas, I would have it on me while spraying on a windy day.
And prostate cancer is heavy on both sides of the family.
Here’s a site that will show more studies of vets exposed to dioxin. It’s a summary of the gov.’s “ranch hand” study.
go to “Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide/Dioxin Exposure and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in the Children of Vietnam Veterans (Free Executive http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10309.html".