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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Agent Orange (Overview)

Agent Orange is the name for a chemical used during the Vietnam war to kill plants but that also killed people and caused birth defects.


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Agent orange -- real risk?

Agent orange -- real risk?

Good question: The long-term health effects of the herbicide agent orange are not well-studied or confirmed, but may include certain cancers, including prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, and non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although there is no likely association with thyroid nodules and cancer, one study yielded preliminary findings suggestive of a three-fold increased risk of graves' disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
47 doctors shared insights

Agent Orange (Overview)

Agent Orange is the name for a chemical used during the Vietnam war to kill plants but that also killed people and caused birth defects.


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What kind of diseases come from agent orange?

What kind of diseases come from agent orange?

Presumptive diseases: Department of Veteran's Affairs presumptive diseases for Agent Orange include: AL Amyloidosis, Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease,Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda,Prostate Cancer, some Soft Tissue Sarcomas & Respiratory Cancers. ...Read more

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When was Agent Orange used? How did it affect people?

When was Agent Orange used? How did it affect people?

Used many places: A good place to go to get background information is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange It's a combination of 2 herbicides, and one of them is currently being considered for use on commercial agriculture (2-4D). It was developed in the 1940s and used widely in the 1960s-1970s. There are many adverse health effects. ...Read more

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Were older generations of Germans exposed to Agent Orange?

No: World War II was from 1 September 1939 until 2 September 1945. My understanding is that Agent Orange was first used in 1946. So, I would think that German soldier were not impacted by Agent Orange. There is an excellent review on Agent Orange at: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/agent_orange.htm ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of diseases comes from agent orange?

Presumptive diseases: Department of Veteran's Affairs presumptive diseases for Agent Orange include: AL Amyloidosis, Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease,Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda,Prostate Cancer, some Soft Tissue Sarcomas & Respiratory Cancers. ...Read more

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I have a hash on my bit that comes and goes. I have been told it could be caused from agent orange. Is that true?

I have a hash on my bit that comes and goes. I have been told it could be caused from agent orange. Is that true?

Don't understand: But I would check with your local VAMC. Department of Veteran's Affairs presumptive diseases for Agent Orange include: AL Amyloidosis, Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin's Disease,Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda,Prostate Cancer, some Soft Tissue > ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a man was in contact with the agent orange in the vetnam war can this effect his children he had later?

Can you tell me if a man was in contact with the agent orange in the vetnam war can this effect his children he had later?

Debated: There's little science behind it, but the us government decided to cover the expenses of children with major neural tube defects born to vietnam veterans. I believe this was justified by the needs of these veterans. The vietnamese government of course claims an enormous effect but once again, there's little science and much emotion. Don't be afraid that a veteran is less likely to be a sound dad. ...Read more

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The affect of agent orange on thyroid ?

The affect of agent orange on thyroid
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Good question: The long-term health effects of the herbicide agent orange are not well-studied or confirmed, but may include certain cancers, including prostate cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, and non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although there is no likely association with thyroid nodules and cancer, one study yielded preliminary findings suggestive of a three-fold increased risk of graves' disease. ...Read more

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Could agent orange cause chrons disease?

Could agent orange cause chrons disease?

Unlikely: Agent orange, a defoliant used in vietnam is implicated in many disorders including diabetes, neuropathy, various cancers and heart disease. ...Read more

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Was agent orange ever shown to be toxic or mutagenic?

Was agent orange ever shown to be toxic or mutagenic?

See below: Us department of veterans affairs has studied this issue and recognized a number of disorders to be associated with agent orange exposure as detalied in the site below. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp if you have any signs or symptoms pertinent to these disorders you should consut your doctor. If you are a veteran, seek care at a va facility. ...Read more

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