Editorial comment on: Agent Orange exposure, Vietnam War veterans, and the risk of prostate cancer

Authors

  • Sagar R. Shah MD,

    1. Section of Urology, Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia
    2. Section of Urology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
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  • Martha K. Terris MD

    Corresponding author
    1. Section of Urology, Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia
    2. Section of Urology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
    • Section of Urology, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 15th Street Room BA 8414, Augusta, GA 30912===

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  • See referenced original article on pages 2464–70, this issue.

Abstract

Correlation of Agent Orange exposure and prostate cancer risk is difficult due to the myriad of methods utilized to document exposure. Chamie and colleagues employ the Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Registry as confirmation of Agent Orange exposure. Despite the fact that use of registry data introduces several biases that might under-estimate the number of exposed veterans, Chamie and colleagues demonstrate significant findings supporting the theory that Agent Orange exposure plays a role in prostate cancer pathogenesis.

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