According to an article posted at Reuters.com, a team of researchers conducted a study by analyzing medical records of almost three thousand veterans who underwent a prostate biopsy. The study concluded that the group of veterans who had been exposed to Agent Orange had a 75 percent higher chance of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer than veterans who had not been exposed.
According to doctors interviewed for the Reuters article, this study confirms what was previously thought about Agent Orange causing more aggressive prostate cancers. As a result, it demonstrates the continued importance of getting early evaluation and treatment for cancer, especially if you are a Vietnam veteran who may have been exposed to Agent Orange.
Are there special rules about Agent Orange exposure
It is important for Vietnam veterans who are later diagnosed with cancer to remember that the Department of Veterans Affairs has created presumptions. These presumptions make it easier for veterans to demonstrate their entitlement to disability compensation benefits. More information about this presumption and how the VA is supposed to apply it can be found in our blog article about Agent Orange presumptions. If you have questions about veterans benefits, getting a free consultation with one of our VA accredited attorneys is easy. Simply fill out the “Need Help” form or call the phone number at the upper right of this page.