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Friday, August 16, 2013

Agent Orange May Cause AML in Vietnam Veterans’ Children



Agent Orange May Cause AML in Vietnam Veterans’ Children


A recent review of three scientific studies indicates that there is “limited/suggestive evidence” of an association between exposure to herbicides in Vietnam and the development of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in the children of veterans, according to a recent report from the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Acute myelogenous leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood that is characterized by the rapid, uncontrolled, abnormal growth of immature white blood cells known as myelocytes. These leukemia cells crowd the bone marrow, suppressing formation and function of other blood cells, and ultimately invade other parts of the body including the blood, lymph system, and vital organs. AML accounts for 8% of all childhood cancers.

Continue Learning: http://news.cancerconnect.com/agent-orange-may-cause-aml-in-vietnam-veterans-children/

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