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Briefing Date:03/01/2004
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

Herbicides

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Congressional Briefings

Monday, March 1, 2004

412 Russell Senate Office Bldg. -- 2:00 p.m.

and

334 Cannon House Office Bldg. -- 3:30 p.m.

and

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

B-172 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 11:00 a.m.

on

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.

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