Guam Hospital Development Foundation Commits to Support Cancer Coalition
Guam Healthcare and Hospital Development Foundation board member Art Mesa, a Vietnam Veteran and 2010 Guam Veteran’s Advocate of the Year, reported during a Foundation Community Outreach and Education Committee meeting last week, that all Veterans are entitled to full benefits as a result of exposure to Agent Orange for twelve illnesses including prostate cancer.
“A Veteran who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, is presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange,” said Mesa. “U.S. Veteran’s Affairs had identified twelve illnesses to be service-connected during this time period, including prostate cancer, which automatically entitles Veterans with full benefits associated with any tests or procedures related to prostate cancer,” added Mesa. “Considering the high rate of prostate cancer on Guam, I feel it is important for our Veteran community and all members of our community, to become more aware of early detection methods and information available to them about prostate cancer,” added Mesa.