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Agent Orange Then, Prostate Cancer Now

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7:35 AM

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Yesterday being Memorial Day - we are all likely in a mood to thank our Veterans for what they've provided the nation. But one of the things many vets have received, is a legacy of poor health - from exposure to things most people never face. Ideastream's Rick Jackson spoke with the Plain Dealer's Angela Townsend about an illness that might first have been contracted, 40 years ago.

What Angela’s article looks at is a serious health issue that is really impacting a lot of men who fought in wars in Viet Nam and Korea.
With many Vietnam veterans reaching their mid-60s, prostate cancer, already a problem at that age - is impacting some of the foot soldiers from that time in high numbers.
Perhaps 1.7 million men.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lists prostate cancer as one of 14 diseases - including Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s - that is associated with exposure to Agent Orange.  One effort looked at a group of 2,700 military veterans to see if they had a higher risk of developing high-grade prostate cancer.

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