Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Men with exposure should consider screening

The majority of prostate cancer is slow-growing in nature; a patient diagnosed in his 60s or 70s with a less-aggressive form is more likely to die of something else.

But the researchers say their findings are prompting them to advise men with a history of Agent Orange exposure to talk to their physicians and strongly consider prostate cancer screening.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Registry health exam is a free, comprehensive physical exam that helps veterans assess possible long-term problems that may be related to Agent Orange exposure during their military service. Go to for information on eligibility and how to contact local VA Environmental Health Coordinators.

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