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Richard Stimpson 10/14/04

Known health risks Editor, The Saginaw News:

Dioxin was the harmful ingredient in Agent Orange. Eleven diseases are presumed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be service-related (for compensation purposes) for veterans exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975. Every military person who spent time in that area is presumed to be affected. The 11 diseases are chloracne, porphyria cutanea tarda, soft-tissue sarcoma, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma, respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea), non-Hodgkins' lymphoma, prostate cancer, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes mellitus and lymphocytic leukemia. I wonder ... if exposure to dioxin during military service is presumed to be the cause of these serious and debilitating conditions, could living in a dioxin-contaminated site for years or decades possibly harm your health?

Rich Stimpson Freeland


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