Agent Orange May Increase the Risk of Prostate and Other Cancers
Several cancers have been linked to Agent Orange exposure, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, and there is evidence that troops exposed to the herbicide are at increased for the disease. The prostate is a small gland that produces fluid that promotes sperm health. Bladder cancer was only acknowledged as a potential side effect of Agent Orange less than two years ago, after years of pushing from veterans and advocacy groups. Soft tissue sarcomas are rare cancers that affect the body’s soft tissues, including muscles, fat, blood vessels, and tendons. There are over 50 types of soft tissue sarcomas that can occur anywhere in the body. Exposure to dioxin and other herbicides may increase the risk of certain soft tissue sarcomas.