In the July/August issue, in the article “Agent Orange and Cancer: An Overview for Clinicians” (Frumkin H. CA Cancer J Clin 2003;53:245–255), an error appeared in the text on page 252.
The statement which read: “The cancers on the list include Hodgkin disease, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate cancer, cancer of the lung, bronchus, larynx, or trachea occurring within 30 years of exposure to Agent Orange, soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi sarcoma, or mesothelioma), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.” was incorrect.
The 30-year requirement for respiratory cancers was rescinded effective January 1, 2002, under the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act of 2001 (Public Law 107–103). A veteran who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 who later develops one of these cancers may be eligible for compensation, irrespective of the elapsed time since exposure, and should be advised to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The author apologizes for this error and any confusion it may have caused.