Veterans with prostate cancer who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible for disability compensation and health care.

Veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean demilitarized zone or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for an Agent Orange registry health exam, a free, comprehensive exam.

Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of prostate cancer may be eligible for survivors’ benefits.

Research on prostate cancer and herbicides used in Vietnam

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences concluded in its 1996 report “Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1996″ and in future updates that there is limited/suggestive evidence of a positive association between prostate cancer and exposure to herbicides used in Vietnam.

This finding reversed an earlier conclusion from IOM’s 1993 report on Veterans and Agent Orange that credible evidence existed to associate prostate cancer with herbicide exposure.


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