A representative from the Wayne County Office of Veterans Affairs addressed the Wayne County Commissioners on Thursday, urging all Vietnam Veterans to undergo screenings to prevent or detect cancerous side effects from the chemical Agent Orange.


A representative from the Wayne County Office of Veterans Affairs addressed the Wayne County Commissioners on Thursday, urging all Vietnam Veterans to undergo screenings to prevent or detect cancerous side effects from the chemical Agent Orange.
“If treated early, some cancers caused by Agent Orange exposure can be prevented,” said Tom McDonnell, a representative of the Veterans Affairs Office in Wayne County.  
Agent Orange is an herbicide that was used in the Vietnam War. The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides to remove leaves from trees that provided cover for enemy forces, according to the VA information.
“The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides or as associated with military service,” according to VA information.
If the side effects of Agent Orange are not treated, someone exposed to the herbicide can suffer from a series of cancer and diseases, such as ALS, Parkinson's Disease, Hodgkin's Disease and Respiratory Cancers, among others.

Info on Agent Orange
Veterans can get more information about Agent Orange by calling the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Health & Environmental Hazards, at 1-800-749-8387, press 3.
See on-line, www1.va.gov/agentorange.