|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:25:30 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] HERBICIDES, HEALTH, GLOBAL: "Okinawa vet blames cancer on defoliant"|
Okinawa vet blames cancer on defoliant VA refuses aid amid Pentagon denial of Agent Orange at bases By JON MITCHELL Japan Times August 24, 2011When Caethe Goetz was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of bone marrow cancer, at age 49 in 2003, both she and her doctor were perplexed.
The disease affects only 20,000 Americans a year, typically African- American males in their late 60s. Goetz's family has no history of cancer.
However, when her doctor learned she was a former U.S. Marine, he thought he might have found the answer to the mystery. Since multiple myeloma is one of the 14 diseases that the U.S. government recognizes as related to contact with the toxic defoliant Agent Orange, he speculated that the roots of her illness came from her military service.
"He questioned if I had been exposed to Agent Orange and suggested I do an intake exam," Goetz told The Japan Times. "I did the exam, but discounted it as I was unaware of any exposure to Agent Orange outside Vietnam."
... For the entire article, see http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110824f1.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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