|Topic:||Veterans and Agent Orange: Length of Presumptive Period for Association Between Exposure and Respiratory Cancer|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to
Monday, March 1, 2004
412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. -- 2:00 p.m.
334 Cannon House Office Bldg. -- 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
B-172 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 11:00 a.m.
Veterans and Agent Orange: Length of Presumptive Period for Association Between Exposure and Respiratory Cancer
In the congressionally mandated (PL 102-4) preceding series of studies on the effects of Agent Orange and other herbicide exposures in Viet Nam, a "limited/suggestive" association between exposure and respiratory cancer was reported. The current report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Length of Presumptive Period for Association Between Exposure and Respiratory Cancer, responds to a mandate, from PL 107-103, to review whether it is possible to identify a period of time after exposure beyond which a presumption of service connection of respiratory cancer would not be warranted. The report analyzes evidence on this matter and comes to the conclusion that effects of the agents in question could last many decades, and there are no data to support a conclusion of an upper time limit.
This series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 2, 2004 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.