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Agent Orange and Cancer
About 3 million Americans served in the armed forces in Vietnam and nearby areas during the 1960s and early 1970s, the time of the Vietnam War.
During that time, the military used large amounts of mixtures known as defoliants, which are chemicals that cause the leaves to fall off plants. One of these defoliants was Agent Orange, and some troops were exposed to it.
Many years later, questions remain about the lasting health effects of those exposures, including increases in cancer risk.
Here is a brief overview of the link between Agent Orange and cancer. It does not offer a complete review of all evidence – it is meant to be a brief summary.
It also includes some information on benefits for which Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange may be eligible.
Some background on Agent Orange
During the Vietnam War, US military forces sprayed millions…
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