Those who are avid gardeners know that they must use a few pesticides and herbicides every now and then to protect their beloved flowers. Unfortunately, these chemicals can be dangerous to people, especially when they are exposed to the chemicals in large quantities or for extended periods. Sadly, veterans of the Vietnam War were exposed to a deadly herbicide during their time of service.
The US troops used an herbicide called Agent Orange to clear the jungle and to destroy the potential hiding spots of opposing guerilla soldiers. The chemical was highly effective, but future studies revealed that it could potentially cause long-term problems in the body.
Agent Orange has been identified as a carcinogen. This means that exposure to the chemical could trigger the growth of cancer cells. It has been linked to several serious cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and lung cancer.
The substance can also cause non-cancerous medical conditions. Parkinson’s disease, a condition that causes nerves to degenerate over time, has also been associated with Agent Orange exposure. Other conditions include ischemic heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Many of these conditions require continuous medical treatment, which can result in a seemingly endless pile of medical bills. Fortunately, veterans can claim compensation from the US government, through a veterans’ disability lawyer, if their attending doctor finds that Agent Orange is to blame for their condition. It is important that you see a doctor immediately if you have been exposed to Agent Orange any time in your life.