Agent Orange and Prostate Cancer
Today is Veteran’s Day observed in 2017, and prostate cancer is one of the war’s last legacies.
Agent Orange was one of several “rainbow herbicides” deployed in Vietnam, but Agent Orange was the most dangerous because of its use of TCDD (tetrachlorodibenso-P-dioxin).
More than 2.5 million U.S. service personnel and an estimated 4 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians were exposed to Agent Orange.
Many men exposed to Agent Orange have developed prostate cancer and men exposed to Agent Orange and other battlefield chemical often have more aggressive prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer carries a presumptive connection to service in Vietnam in areas where Agent Orange was deployed. Vietnam veterans and their families can find information and how to apply for benefits at the following website – Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange.
The Veterans Administration is working closely with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Santa Monica to find a metabolic fingerprint of prostate cancer cells that will allow for more individualized and effective therapy and many other research programs are underway.
How Men Can Beat Prostate Cancer . . .
The best way to beat prostate cancer is to know your risk and to find it as soon as possible.
We here at the Cancer Journeys Foundation recommend that men do the following . . .
- Begin testing for prostate cancer at age 35 to establish a baseline PSA value
- Personally track your PSA number each time you take a test; look for any increase from the year before
- Create your free account at ProstateTrackerApp
- Talk with your medical care provider immediately if you see any increase
Personal Agent Orange Experience
I’m entering my 14th year as an Agent Orange prostate cancer survivor. I’m here today because a fellow veteran told me to get a PSA blood test 15 years ago.
The test is easy and simple. Just have your doctor order it as part of your annual physical.
If that isn’t possible, you can order the test yourself for just $35.00. Just click on the CANCER DETECTION TESTS link above.
Take that simple test and stay with your family.
My best wishes to our military community on Veterans Day, 2017.
Robert Hess is an entrepreneur, business owner, CEO, senior executive coach, startup company advisor, and passionate cancer advocate. He is a 15+ year prostate cancer survivor dedicated to ending prostate cancer and helping cancer survivors have the possible possible quality of life. You can find him autocrossing or tracking his Mazda Miata, covered in cancer awareness messages; racing his Serenity in the velodrome; or walking and hiking with his wife. Earlier in life he had the honor of leading soldiers in the US Army – they even let him fly helicopters for a few years. Connect with him on LinkedIn @ RobertWarrenHess.