A new study has provided further evidence that prior exposure to Agent Orange may increase a man's chances of developing prostate cancer later in life.
Earlier research had shown some association between Agent Orange Exposure and prostate cancer, but this newest study showed a roughly 2-fold higher risk for men who had the exposure. Additionally, the prostate cancer in those men who had been exposed was more likely to be aggressive and advanced.
This study suggests that men who have a known exposure to Agent Orange likely need to be followed more closely and undergo earlier testing for prostate cancer - just as men from other high risk groups already do (such as African-American men and those with strong family histories).
This study appears in the newest edition of the journal Cancer.