Echoes of war: even skin cancer in Vietnam abnormal

It has been over 40 years since the end of the Vietnam war, and the consequences of contact between the combatants with a dangerous herbicide effect so far. Dioxin from the defoliant “Agent orange”, changes the occurrence of skin cancer.

In the 70 years of the twentieth century, shortly after the end of hostilities in Vietnam, American and Vietnamese doctors noted an extremely high percentage of cases of cancer of war veterans after contact with the military herbicide “Agent orange” (Agent Orange).

The US army widely used the chemical defoliant to destroy vegetation over a large area in the jungle, which facilitates the detection of the Vietnamese guerrillas.

Inevitably in contact with this product containing dioxin, and the U.S. military, which subsequently developed cancer and babies were born with severe deformities.

Scientists from the University of Texas (University of Texas) report on a previously unknown property of the “Agent orange” to change the clinical picture of the occurrence of non-melanoma forms of skin cancer.

We are talking about the basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which are less aggressive than melanoma.

Texas researchers studied the medical history of 1,000 former soldiers of the U.S. army who participated in combat actions on the territory of the DRV and South Vietnam. Those who were in direct contact with “Agent orange” during the spraying process from the aircraft and staying on the site treated with herbicide, etc.

The study authors report that, firstly, the incidence of non-melanoma forms of skin cancer was significantly higher among members of this group – almost 2 times higher than the national average. The risk of cancer of the skin of persons exposed to a herbicide containing dioxin, was higher by 73%.

Second, in many cases, the occurrence of skin cancer was suddenly very aggressive and doctors had to hold some patients for 15-20 operations for excision appear new tumors.

The frequency of occurrence of non-melanoma atypical tumors was much higher than in the General population.

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