The Link Between Agent Orange And Lung Cancer
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with other governmental agencies has carried out studies in regards to Agent Orange exposure and its effects on veterans. The agency acknowledges the fact that there is a correlation between Agent Orange and lung cancer, as well as other respiratory cancers and diseases.
In particular, a report published by The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) in 1993 (updated in 2018) titled, Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure, suggests a correlation between exposure to Agent Orange and lung cancer. The NASEM also disclosed that the relationship between dioxin and respiratory cancer development was evident only in cases where exposure to the chemicals was in high concentrations and for extended periods of time.
According to The American Cancer Society, research conducted in regards to Vietnam veterans and the development of respiratory cancers has not resulted in data that shows an increase in the amount of veteran respiratory cancer cases. There are, however, other respected organizations that have classified dioxin as “known to be a human carcinogen.”
Additionally, studies of industrial accidents in California and Germany showed an increase in respiratory cancer incidence. Collectively the research data shows a low probability of an increase in lung cancer diagnosis except in cases where dioxin exposure is involved.